Culpable Driving and Issues of Causation

This article considers the role of causation in British criminal law as it applies to vehicular homicide. The author outlines the legal rules for determining causation in criminal cases, noting the role of the jury in the perception of fairness. The author reviews some recent driving offenses involving death, as cases that illustrate situations involving issues of causation. In these offenses, notions of culpability and blameworthiness are intertwined with the concept of causation. The cases summarized featured initial collisions, which arose by careless driving, but then each collision created the circumstances for a further collision when then resulted in death. A final section includes a brief discussion of the wisdom of leaving emotional moral value judgments to a randomly selected jury.

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01492188
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2013 8:47PM