Fatal Accidents Act 1976 – What Now?

Fatal Accidents Act 1976 – What Now?

The law under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 is outdated and should be amended to reflect society as it stands today not in mid 1970’s.

The law under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 needs updating as the family units have changed since the law came into force.

Death By Dangerous Driving: Fatal road accident

The Family Unit is Different Today

The law that was passed in the 1970’s dealt with a time where the family unit typically was white, husband and wife with 2.2 children.

The husband would be the ‘bread winner’ and thus go to work and provide for the family.  The wife would stay at home and become the house wife.  She will look after the children and the home.  Cook all the meals and generally clean the house.  The children would leave the home at an early age and go to work.  Not as many would go to university, that was for the privileged few.

The children will then repeat what their parents had done and the cycle is complete.

Family Unit Today

The family unit today is more multi-cultural, diverse, same-sex marriages, increase in divorces and more step-children etc.  Further women are more independent and are ‘bread winners’ in their own right.

The problem is that when a loved one is lost in a tragic accident the law can create unjust consequences. For more information in the unjust application of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 click on the webpage.

Posted: November 27, 2017 at 8:35 pm