HGV driver faces driving without due care and attention charge
- AuthorSean Joyce
The latest large scale crash on our roads has occurred in Lincolnshire and resulted in eight people being treated for a variety of injuries at the local hospital. The road traffic accident took place on the A17 at Fleet Hargate and the Police have confirmed that at least two HGV lorries and six cars were involved in the incident. The road remained blocked for a substantial period of time whilst the Police and ambulance services attended to deal with the aftermath.
It has been established that following the crash the Dutch driver of a Scania lorry was charged with driving without due care and attention and is due to appear at Grantham Magistrates' Court. The driver may have been fortunate not to have been charged with the more serious offence of Dangerous Driving which carries a higher penalty at Court and would certainly result in a disqualification.
The allegation of driving without due care and attention would be heard by the local Magistrates Court and can carry between 3 and 9 points or a discretionary disqualification. The Courts are finding many drivers Guilty of this offence in recent times as they have become well versed in the dangers of driving without fully concentrating on the task in hand. A specialist motoring solicitor would certainly be able to assist in a case like this and early free legal advice could be vital to setting out an initial defence. The police station interview which would take place after such an arrest would be in depth and the purpose would be to set out the facts of the case. A road traffic solicitor could be present at the interview and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
By motoring offences solicitor, Martyn Walsh