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Furious Driving Causing Injury

Furious driving causing injury Is an offence under section 53 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) which carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You drove or rode a vehicle or horse, or were in charge of a carriage,
  2. You caused bodily harm to another person, and,
  3. You did so by wanton or furious driving or riding, or wilful neglect.

A ‘vehicle’ is any motor car, motor carriage, motor cycle or other vehicle propelled wholly or partly by volatile spirit, steam, gas, oil, electricity or by any other means except for human or animal power whether or not adapted for road use, but does not include a vehicle used on a railway or tramway.

Self-defence, duress and necessity are legal defences to the charge.

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