Death by Dangerous Driving – Fatal Accident Claims

Death by Dangerous Driving – Fatal Accident Claims

Fatal Road Traffic Accidents Offences:

There are 3 frequent charges used by the police when procecuting a driver as follows:

•    Causing Death by Careless or Inconsiderate Driving: (Section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988, amended by the Road Safety Act 2006, s. 20).
•    Causing Death by Dangerous Driving: (Section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988).
•    Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs: (Section 3A

Fatal Acciident Compensation Law

Road Traffic Act (RTA) 1988) provides:-

Examples of Causing Death by Careless Driving :
•    Driving too close to another vehicle.
•    Driving through a red light by mistake.
•    Overtaking on the inside.
•    Turning in to path of another vehicle.
•    Being avoidably distracted by the radio, cigarette etc.

Examples of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving :
•    Racing / Going too fast / driving too aggressively.
•    Ignoring traffic lights.
•    Overtaking dangerously.
•    Driving when knowing there is a serious fault with the vehicle.
•    Being dangerously distracted by a map / phone / radio etc.

Process of Investigation/Claim:
•    Firstly, in all road traffic accidents were there has been a fatality, the police conduct an initial investigation assessing the road surface, weather conditions and the state of any vehicles involved.
•    Crown Prosecution Service will then assess whether any individual involved will face prosecution.
•    Compensation claims can then be made against the party at fault from a claimant who was a dependant family member of the deceased.
Penalties inflicted on the defendant:
•    Causing death by Careless Driving:
Maximum of 5 years in prison, disqualified from driving for minimum of 1 year.

Further Help and Assistance

If you require more information on issues surrounding death by dangerous driving or death by carless driving please contact the fatal accident claim solicitor for assistance and advice.

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Posted: July 7, 2016 at 12:47 pm