Causing Death by Careless or Dangerous Driving

Have you been involved in a fatal motoring accident? Is your driving now being held responsible for causing the death of another person?

Are you potentially facing the loss of your driving licence, or a lengthy prison sentence, if you are found guilty of this offence?

Are you therefore seeking legal advice and support from a team of specialist motoring offence solicitors, who can provide personalised guidance through every step of the legal battle you will now be facing?

If so, contact MotoringOffences.com as soon as you can. As the UK’s most experienced motoring offences team, we have years of experience in dealing with serious and challenging cases, and can give you the best possible chance of avoiding a conviction.

Call us today on 0345 241 1326, or complete our online contact form to request a call back. The sooner you call, the likelier it is that we will be able to help you.

How Can We Help?

MotoringOffences.com is part of JMW Solicitors. We have more than 100 years of combined experience on our team, more than any other motoring offences team in the country, and have been representing clients since 1978.

Our lawyers are accredited with bodies such as Chambers and the Legal 500, and have helped thousands of motorists involved in dangerous driving cases to achieve positive outcomes, such as:

  • helping a driver convicted of death by dangerous driving to reduce the length of their driving disqualification from three to two years
  • helping a driver initially charged with death by dangerous driving to have the charge reduced to careless driving while under the influence, resulting in a non-custodial sentence
  • ensuring a client was not prosecuted for death by dangerous driving, after it transpired that the victim had been travelling at a grossly excessive speed

The team can provide you with tailored legal support that takes into account the facts of your case, while also accounting for the sensitive and distressing nature of cases like these.

We will:

  • assess all of the details of the incident in question and gather testimony from relevant witnesses
  • collect and review all of the scientific evidence to support your case
  • guide you through the interview process
  • advise you on the best available defence
  • represent you in court and argue your case

We attend courts across England and Wales and can take instructions by phone, email or in writing, making our service convenient and accessible no matter where you live. In some instances, it may be possible to persuade the prosecution to drop the case and avoid a court attendance altogether.

By calling us on 0345 241 1326, you will get a free initial consultation, during which we will offer a clear picture of the costs involved.

Can I Avoid a Disqualification or Prison Sentence?

A fatal accident is the most serious type of motoring offence, with cases dealt with by the Crown Court, rather than the Magistrates’ Court. Avoiding a conviction will depend on the circumstances of the case, and the ability of your legal team to put together a strong defence backed by plenty of evidence.

Potential defences include:

  • arguing that the fatal accident was not caused by the poor standard of the defendant’s driving, and that they were not at fault for the incident
  • demonstrating that you lost control of the vehicle due to a previously unknown mechanical fault
  • showing that you lost control of the vehicle due to a sudden and unpredictable medical issue

Each of these defences needs to be argued carefully, backed by a strong understanding of motoring law. This is why it is essential to call on the services of a specialist solicitor with considerable experience in this field when defending against this serious charge.

What Happens if I am Found Guilty of Causing Death by Driving?

If you are found guilty of causing death by driving, you could face a number of serious legal penalties, with the severity of the punishment depending on your personal culpability and the details of your conduct.

Penalties for death by dangerous driving include:

  • a prison sentence of up to 14 years
  • a driving ban for a minimum of two years, with a requirement to complete an extended retest in order to get your licence back

Penalties for death by careless driving include:

  • a prison sentence of up to five years
  • a driving ban for a minimum of one year, potentially with a requirement to complete an extended retest, imposed at the court’s discretion

Penalties for death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs include:

  • a prison sentence of up to 14 years
  • a driving ban for a minimum of two years, with a requirement to complete an extended retest in order to get your licence back
  • a potentially unlimited fine

Penalties for causing death by driving while unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured include:

  • a prison sentence of up to two years
  • a driving ban for a minimum of one year, potentially with a requirement to complete an extended retest, imposed at the court’s discretion
  • a potentially unlimited fine

These sentences are likely to be harsher if the prosecution is able to identify any factors to aggravate the offence, such as:

  • a past history of motoring offences
  • evasion of arrest
  • evidence that the incident was caused by a pre-existing medical condition that the driver was aware of
  • excessive speed
  • whether the victim was a vulnerable road user, such as a cyclist or pedestrian
  • other contributing factors, such as aggressive behaviour or the use of a mobile phone

Any of these punishments can have a life-changing impact on an individual’s personal and professional wellbeing. By consulting the specialist solicitors at MotoringOffences.com, we can help you compile the strongest possible defence.

Talk to Us

If you have been involved in a fatal motoring accident, call our expert solicitors on 0345 241 1326 for a free consultation. You can also complete our online contact form to request a call back at your convenience.

Get in touch now for your Consultation

Our Motoring Law Specialists pride themselves on providing the advice and support for your Motoring law issues, having over a century of combined experience.

If you need legal advice, get in touch today by calling 0345 646 0348 Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form .

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