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Finding Out Whether a Driver was Driving Illegally

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 26 Sep 2013 | comments*Discuss
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If you are involved in an accident with someone that you believe may be driving illegally, you should immediately contact the police and attempt to get the other driver to remain on the scene. This may not always be possible, as individuals who realise they’re driving illegally aren’t going to want to stick around for the consequences of their actions.

If this is the case, don’t try to apprehend them personally, just get as many details as you can on them. License plates, physical description and other details can make a huge difference should your case go to court or if you have to raise a personal injury claim against the other individual.

The difficulty comes in knowing what constitutes illegal driving and also proving it, but that isn’t always left to you alone. Consult a specialist who can give you further advice on who was to blame and how to prove it. If you know the different types of illegal driving, you’re already educating yourself on what to look out for.

Different Types of Illegal Driving

Drunk Driving

Perhaps the most common and obvious form of illegal driving is driving under the influence of alcohol. For many people throughout there lives, there comes a point where you must make the choice to either drive knowing you’ve had too many alcoholic drinks, or simply act responsibly and walk away from your car. The only way to truly avoid driving under the influence of alcohol is to ensure you never drink when planning to drive.

Levels of alcohol in your system will alter dependent on a great variety of things – food intake, tiredness, body mass – so you have to be very careful, even if you think you know exactly how many units you’ve consumed. In the UK the drink driving limit is: 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; or 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine; or 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

There are high consequences for drunk drivers and their penalties can range from a three-month prison stay right up to 14 years imprisonment. There’s also the likelihood that the driver will be banned from anywhere between 12 and 36 months. The only way to be entirely sure that they’re driving under the influence is to get an official breath test carried out by police as soon as possible.

Dependent on the nature of your accident, you may have to involve the police anyway and you should certainly do so if you believe the other driver is drunk on the road.

Driving Alone on a Provisional Licence

Many young learners on the roads believe that they have the skill and competence to adequately handle different on-road situations. Sadly, the truth is that without the experience of more seasoned drivers, they generally don’t have the skills to react and use quick-thinking to avoid dangerous situations. Learner drivers shouldn’t be on the road alone on a provisional licence.

If you suspect you’re involved in an accident with a learner, get all of their details and take these to the police or to an experienced solicitor. They will explain your next step and will advise to you that learner the courts don’t see drivers who break the rules favourably.

Driving When Disqualified from Driving or Having no Driving Licence

If you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident with someone who is disqualified, you may find it very difficult to know this without approaching the police to look into it for you. Generally if a driver is very anxious and agitated at the scene of an accident, it could be that they have something to hide. In these cases, you may find that they’re concerned about the consequences of their actions, which may be that they have no licence or are banned from driving.

Regardless of how much they plead with you not to report them, you should get all of their details and take them to the police. Someone who is breaking the law in this way is a danger to themselves and other people and you wouldn’t want another individual having to go through an accident either. If the individual is unwilling to participate with handing over their details, get as much descriptive information as possible and always get the registration plate of the car.

Driving a Stolen or Unsafe Vehicle

Sadly, there are numerous cars in the UK stolen everyday and in many cases these cars are used as joyrides for the criminals who stole them. If you’re involved in an accident with someone that you believe may have stolen the car they’re in, contact the police immediately. You can normally tell whether they are possibly in a stolen car as they may want to flee the scene immediately or may simply seem extremely nervous and stressed out when giving you their details. They may not even know the car registration and be giving you false information so they can escape prosecution.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in this kind of situation, consult a specialist solicitor. They will be able to talk you through your options regarding any personal injury claim and insurance claims.

There are a variety or other illegal driving acts in the UK. Driving without an MOT or without tax and insurance are all serious crimes and you should report anyone who you suspect might be doing so. Any driver who is driving illegally is not in a strong position legally to take action against you, so make sure that you get help to ascertain whether the other person was driving illegally. Get the police involved and speak to a specialist solicitor - only then will you truly know if you’ve been involved in an accident with someone who was driving illegally.

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happen quick but to find who own silver opel estate car start with number plate wm not sure what the rest is
leeky - 26-Sep-13 @ 7:03 PM
Once convictedhence banned from driving by a Magistrate Court, how soon will your records be transfered to DVLA, especially if you had not handed in your Drivers Licence to the Judge.
Femo - 13-Apr-13 @ 1:55 PM
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