In this “Quick Guide” we will take you through the law and the defence for the offence of Dangerous Driving Causing Serious Injury in England & Wales.
The motoring offence of Dangerous Driving Causing Serious Injury is contained within Section 1A of The Road Traffic Act 1988.
(1) A person who causes serious injury to another person by driving a mechanically propelled vehicle dangerously on a road or other public place is guilty of an offence.
(2) In this section “serious injury” means—
(a) In England and Wales, physical harm which amounts to grievous bodily harm for the purposes of the Offences against the Person Act 1861
What are the penalties for Dangerous Driving Causing Serious Injury?
- Up to 5 years imprisonment
- Mandatory disqualification period of at least two years with a requirement to complete an extended retest
- A fine of an unlimited amount
When will I require legal representation?
As this is a very serious criminal prosecution with a high risk of prison, a person should appoint specialist legal representation as soon as possible.
Things our solicitors look out for in Dangerous Driving Causing Serious Injury cases
- Whether the standard of driving was dangerous
- Whether the injuries are ‘serious injuries’
- The conduct of other road users
- The strength of the prosecution evidence
- The conduct of the person(s) injured
- Whether there is a viable defence
- What evidence the Prosecution has to prove who was driving at the time
- Whether there was a defect with the vehicle
- What caused the collision
- What caused the injuries
Do you require a solicitor for Dangerous Driving Causing Serious Injury?
If you have just read our quick guide to Dangerous Driving Causing Serious Injury then you should have an idea by now whether you require legal representation for this offence. If you feel you do require legal advice and representation please not hesitate to contact us by calling 0345 222 9955 or by filling out our contact form.
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