Death by Dangerous Driving

Causing death by dangerous driving is an extremely serious offence. The definition of dangerous driving is that the standard of driving has fallen significantly below the standard expected of a reasonable and competent driver and that it would be obvious that driving in such manner would be dangerous. Causing the death of someone else whilst driving dangerously is punished with severe penalties.

There are a number of different examples of dangerous driving and these are:

This list is by no means exhaustive and whether you were driving dangerously is subjective and will be decided firstly by the police who charge you with the offence, and then the judge who hears your case in court.

What Does The Law Say?

The law for dangerous driving cases is open to scrutiny. The court must look at the individual circumstances of each case to decide objectively if the manner in which you were driving was dangerous or not. There is the lesser charge of careless driving and you may be convicted of a lesser charge of causing death by careless driving if the judge does not feel that your actions warrant a dangerous driving charge.

What Are The Penalties?

The consequences for you if you are facing charges of death by dangerous driving are severe. First of all you will be arrested, charged and expected to appear in court.

You will face:

What Can I Do?

If you have been accused of causing Death by Dangerous Driving, this is a very serious offence. We would advise you immediately get in touch for free advice on your specific cases and any defences which may be available to you.


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