The UK’s roads are becoming busier with an increasing number of motor vehicles on the roads. For individuals to be able to use the roads safely whether as a motorist, a cyclist or a pedestrian, it is vitally important that we all obey the rules of the Highway Code and use the roads with consideration for other road users.
Dangerous driving is one of the main types of driving offence that can result in serious injuries and fatalities. It occurs when an individual’s driving falls well below the minimum acceptable standard and when it would be apparent to a careful driver that the individual was driving in a manner that posed a serious risk of injury or damage to property. It does not matter what the offending driver thinks of his or her behaviour, simply because they believe that they can do something safely does not mean that it is acceptable. Careless driving is when an individual’s driving is below the acceptable minimum, but there is no risk of injury or damage.
Examples of dangerous driving are reckless or aggressive speeding, ignoring traffic lights or road signs, overtaking when it is dangerous to do so, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving a vehicle that they know to be unfit for the road.
Dangerous driving is a criminal offence and an individual who kills someone as a result of their dangerous driving can face a one to 14 year prison sentence.
If you have suffered an injury because of someone else’s dangerous driving, you are entitled to make a claim against them for the injuries and losses that you might have suffered as a result of their behaviour. A civil claim can be made against the bad driver providing you can prove that the accident was the result of their behaviour and that the damages you suffered were directly caused by that accident. If the driver is found guilty of a criminal offence then a civil claim is much easier to win. You may find that pursuing your claim through the civil courts is better than simply dealing with the driver’s insurance company. Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 can help you by assessing how likely you are to win your claim and if you decide to continue with your claim, which route would be the best for your particular case.
Dangerous driving is a serious offence and if you have suffered as a result of it, you are entitled to seek compensation from the dangerous driver. Unfortunately, too many dangerous drivers repeatedly drive when they should not and some dangerous drivers who eventually cause a fatality are found to have a catalogue of driving misdemeanours. Injuries from road traffic accidents can be serious and life-changing. They may severely restrict an individual’s ability to earn a living or even live independently and the unfortunate victims should not have to bear the cost of someone else’s criminal behaviour.