Driver error or automatism?

Richard Dawson has been instructed to represent Mr P, who is charged with causing death by dangerous driving, having crossed into the opposite carriageway and into collision with a broken down car, stopped at the side of the road. Tragically, the deceased driver was under the bonnet carrying out repairs at the moment of impact.

The circumstances of the case are highly unusual. Telemetry recovered from the vehicle driven by Mr P suggest that there was no braking and no change to steering input prior to collision, at a speed in excess of 60mph – all of which suggest a driver in an autonomous state, with temporary loss of driving control – issues which have not been addressed to date by the Police or Prosecution.

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Richard is instructed by Hannah Betton at DWF.

Richard Dawson is an expert trial lawyer, specialising in road traffic law, defending drivers charged with offences arising out of catastrophic or fatal accidents.

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