Causing Death by Careless Driving
The driver who kills on the road to to his or her carelessness or inconsiderate has (under S 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988 now S 20 Road Safety Act 2006) fell below the standard of a careful and competent driver.’ The opposite if you like of careful. The issue is that carelessness such as checking your phone, a momentary lapse of concentration often does not lead to any incident. However such ‘minor’ offences if caught by the police may result in a fine by the Magistrates Court.
Some facts about causing death by careless driving:
- The maximum penalty is 5 years in prison.
- Unlimited fine.
- The penalties are considered inadequate when considering the consequences of the actions of the driver. Many drivers get away with a suspended sentence or a fraction of the time spent in prison. This causes unnecessary suffering to bereaved families.
What Can Be Done To Help Bereaved Families
Professional legal advice from specialist in fatal accident claims should be a priority. We will help the bereaved families dealing with the police, the driver and his/her insurance company to get to the truth of what happened. Also we shall also help with liaising with the Coroner and where representation at any contentious Inquest Hearing will be a priority.
The factual evidence will be important to establish not blame and that the correct verdict is made at the Inquest. Later the issue of compensation may also be a factor to re-pay all the expenses for the funeral, headstone and a dependency claim.
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Posted: November 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm