The offence of ‘Dangerous Driving Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm’ is a serious offence under section 52A(3) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). It is defined as driving a motor vehicle in a manner that is both dangerous and causes grievous bodily harm to another person.


To prove this offence, it should be also noted that the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt the following elements:


1. The defendant Drove a motor vehicle; AND

2. The defendant Drove the motor vehicle in a manner that was dangerous; AND

3. That the dangerous driving caused grievous bodily harm to another person


The prosecution must also prove that the accused was at least negligent in their driving. This means that they must have failed to take reasonable care to avoid the risk of causing harm to others.


The maximum penalty for dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm is 7 years imprisonment. However, the court may take into account a number of factors when sentencing, including the accused’s personal circumstances and the seriousness of the offence.


Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm is a very serious offence that can have a devastating impact on the victim and their family. If you are charged with this offence, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.



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*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 31st August 2023.


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