Death by Dangerous Driving

22 October 2017

As the numbers of drivers increase in Scotland year on year, a greater focus has been on preventing and prosecuting Road Traffic infringements. It is often underestimated how Road Traffic accidents and a person’s driving behaviour, however innocent it seems, can drastically change lives.

Last year, a lorry driver named Thomasz Kroker crashed into stationary traffic causing the death of four people and serious injury to others. On board CCTV later showed that he had been selecting music on his mobile phone at the time, and this was the cause of the accident.

If the driver had been caught before the accident, the charge would have likely been that of ‘using a mobile phone while driving’, attracting six points and a £200 fine in Scotland. But instead, he was jailed for 10 years… thus showing the massive difference that the consequences of your actions can have on the sentence which is imposed.

dangerous is defined as driving that falls below the standard of a competent and careful driver, and it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that the driving in question was dangerous. It is an offence to as well as carelessly, i.e. without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users. But, if death or serious injury occurs as a result of your driving behaviour, whether intentional or not, such charges can attract up to 14 years imprisonment.

It is worth noting, no accident need have occurred at all for you to potentially attract a prison sentence of up to two years on indictment. However, if you are deemed to have been driving dangerously or carelessly on a road or other public place, and as a result someone dies or is seriously injured, you could be prosecuted, lose your licence and even face a lengthy custodial sentence. Don’t take a chance with your liberty and livelihood. Contact us.

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Call our expert Road Traffic Defence Team in Glasgow on 0141 374 2121 , West End on 0141 374 2121 & Hamilton on 01698 283 265 or fill out our online form and we will call you back as soon as possible. You can even send us a direct message via Facebook, just search for Scullion LAW Road Traffic Experts.