Causing Death by Careless Driving
Causing Death by Careless driving is an offence under the The Road Traffic Act 1988. The Police via the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver who caused the fatal road accident:
‘Fell below the standard expected of a carful and competent driver.’
The maximum sentence for death by carless driving is 5 years in prison and an unlimited fine. However and in accordance with the charity ‘Brake’ much lower sentences are been handed down by the courts for those convicted can charged with death by careless driving.
According to the charity even the maximum charge for causing death by dangerous driving still falls below what one would expect following a fatal road traffic accident which, lest not forget, caused the wrongful death of another. Break describes such penalties handed down by the court as ‘insulting to bereaved families.’
Fatal Accident Advice Line to Bereaved Families
Charges by the Police and CPS to the Crown Court for death by carless driving or death by dangerous driving are only one part of the work that fatal car accident claim solicitors can help you with. We will guide you through the process and liaise with the police regarding charges made.
The importance of a charge by the police is that this will help speed up the civil or compensation for fatal accident claim as the Defendant insurance company will more than likely make immediate payments to the family for the funeral expenses and a bereavement award before the fatal injury claim has been finally decided. This can help bereaved families who are under financial strain, the average costs of a funeral is in the region between £6,000 to £8,000.
At least some of the financial stress can be over come by contacting the fatal accident claim solicitors early in the proceedings and of course, you will obtain guidance and advice throughout the fatal accident process which can be complex and challenging all under our no win no fee, no worry service.
Posted: August 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm