The offence of dangerous driving is defined under Section 2A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as when a defendant’s driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver. This includes racing or driving aggressively, ignoring traffic lights or road signs and using a mobile phone whilst driving.
The lesser offence of driving without due care and attention is defined under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as when a person drives a mechanically propelled vehicle without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road. This includes driving unnecessarily slowly, driving too close to another vehicle or dazzling other drivers with un-dipped headlights.
If you have been involved in an accident, which has caused the death or serious injury of another person, you could be facing charges under the Road Traffic Act 1988.
The Court will look at how responsible the driver is for causing the accident, and consider whether the driving was dangerous or careless using the above criteria.
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, this offence could lead to life imprisonment.
Our specialist motoring law solicitors at Nicholls & Nicholls specialise in defending drivers involved in these situations and we understand that they can be both difficult and emotional for all parties. We can assist with representation at hearings and interviews under caution, advise on allegations and provide insight into the process.
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