Last updated on October 1st, 2019 at 01:13 pm
The UAE Traffic Law concerning the driver’s liability including the UAE traffic fines for hit and run in the event of an accident.
Federal Law No. 21 of 1995 “Concerning traffic” as amended is the law, which governs traffic and regulates vehicles. The law also stipulates the sanctions for traffic crimes and procedures related thereto.
Obligations of the driver of a motor vehicle in case of an accident
In accordance with the provisions of the Article No. 5 of the Traffic Law every driver shall hand his personal papers and those of the vehicle to any attending policeman in the event an accident happens, by or against such driver, which causes harm to humans or animals or property. The driver shall extend all necessary and possible assistance to care for the injured. He must also inform the nearest police station about the accident within a six-hour delay at most, in case no police officer was present in the scene of the accident.
UAE Traffic fines
As a result of the violation of such obligation the criminal penalty may be imposed on the driver by virtue of the provisions of the Article No. 49. 5 which stipulates that the driver who refrains from stopping in the event of occurrence of an accident, by or against resulting in damage to persons, without acceptable excuse shall be sentenced to imprisonment and/or to a minimum fine of twenty five thousand Dhs (AED 25,000).
In the event of driver fleeing from the accident, which did not result in harm to the persons, the penalty shall be measured in accordance with the provisions of the Article No. 57 of the Traffic Law, which provides for the penalty for whoever violates any provisions of the Traffic Law other than those that provide for the separate sanctions.
The violator under the provisions of the Article No. 57 shall be sentenced only to imprisonment for a maximum period of one month and /or a minimum fine of five hundred Dhs (AED 500).
It shall be noted that the driver may be arrested if he attempts to flee in case an accident harming any person occurs or in case of an order to stop, given by a policeman.
A motor vehicle may be confiscated in case it is connected with an accident involving a crime and it is necessary to exhibit such vehicle as evidence.
Things to remember after a road accident in UAE
1. Get Aside
Whenever you meet with a road accident, the first step you need to take is regardless of whether you hit or been hit by someone, is to park the vehicle in a safe place, turn on the hazard lights, and get out from the vehicle. In case if you have been hit by someone and the driver of that vehicle tries to evade the accident, then immediately note the license number and pass it on the police.
2. Don’t try to escape
whether it is your fault or not, never try to leave the accident site. It is illegal to run away or escapes after an accident that may result in a penalty of AED 500 and 5 black points on the driving license along with a week of confiscation of the vehicle. If you flee from a major accident, then it may cause severe penalties.
3. Make a call to 999
The second most step that you need to take is dialing 999 to get the police or ambulance to the accident site. In between, you can take photos of the damaged vehicle. However, taking pictures of others is a clear violation of the Cybercrime Law of UAE.
4. Follow police instructions
It is very important to stay clam and provide all relevant information to the police authority present there. The one who reviews the accident site will issue three various forms which are pink, green, and white in colours. Where the pink is given to the accused, green for the innocent and white is given if neither of the party is accused or incase if the accused is unknown.
5. Post the police report
After receiving the police report, the final step is to inform the insurance and the rental vehicle company. Upon informing, the concerned company will arrange the service at the accident site if any damage has occurred. This step needs to be followed in the same case if your vehicle hit on a wall or concrete parking.
In the unfortunate circumstances of meeting with an accident, never try to flee and it’s always best to contact a law firm who can help you to stay on the right track. Khairallah Advocates & Legal Consultants, one of the best law firms in UAE, can help you out from any of the accident-related cases.