Death by Dangerous Driving
Causing Serious Injury or Death by Dangerous Driving
Causing serious injury or death by dangerous driving both carry substantial penalties. It is, therefore, essential that you get in touch with highly experienced motoring offence lawyers if you are charged with either of these offences.
In the most serious cases, a finding of guilt can result in up to 14 years in prison, as well as other consequences such as an extended period of disqualification from driving.
We understand that a conviction for serious injury or death by dangerous driving can significantly impact your life and livelihood, and can affect your loved ones too. That is why our experienced solicitors will robustly apply their extensive knowledge in this area to achieve the best possible result for you.
Call us on 0161 834 9494 to find out how we can help.
What is causing death by dangerous driving?
You may be charged with this offence if it is believed you were driving in a dangerous manner which resulted in the death of another person. Dangerous driving is driving that falls far below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver AND it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in this manner would be dangerous.
What are the penalties for causing death by dangerous driving?
The maximum sentence is 14 years’ imprisonment. If convicted, you will also be disqualified from driving for at least two years and be ordered to take an extended driving retest if you wish to drive again after the disqualification period is over.
What is causing serious injury by dangerous driving?
You may be charged with this offence if it is believed you were driving in a dangerous manner and this caused another person to suffer a serious injury. In England and Wales, the definition of serious injury is the same as the definition of grievous bodily harm (GBH), which has generally been interpreted as any injury that is “really serious”.
What are the penalties for causing serious injury by dangerous driving?
On conviction, a driver can face up to five years in prison, a driving disqualification of at least two years and an extended retest.
How is it decided whether dangerous driving caused serious injury or death?
For it to be proved that your dangerous driving caused serious injury or death, there has to be more than a slight link between your driving and the serious injury or death which occurred. The link cannot be negligible, but your driving does not have to be the only cause of death or injury. It is likely that expert evidence such as accident reconstruction, scale plans and speed calculations will be required if there is a dispute as to whether your driving caused a death or serious injury, which is why experienced legal help is so important in these kinds of cases.
Why instruct Richard Silver Solicitors?
When the consequences of a finding of guilt are this severe, it is important to have the best legal help on your side. With more than 25 years’ experience in this area, our expert motoring law solicitors can provide you with the highest quality legal advice and representation. Our lawyers are qualified and experienced in representing clients in every level of court hearing. We do not employ unqualified paralegals so you will always be talking to a member of staff who understands your case and knows how to help. We know how much is at stake, and we know how to get the best results for you. Contact us today for expert help and guidance.
Contact our Serious Injury or Death by Dangerous Driving Solicitors Manchester
Richard Silver Solicitors operates from Manchester and assists clients throughout the UK. If you require specialist defence services following a charge of causing serious injury or death by dangerous driving, contact our driving offence solicitors today. Contact our team on 0161 834 9494 or use our online contact form and we will get back to you shortly.