So, I've been reported for driving through a puddle which splashed someone

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I was driving quickly this morning as I was running late, there were puddles from the overnight rain showers.

There were two big puddles, which I tried to avoid so a pedestrian would not be hit. Unfortunately (especially for me now) I accidently drove through one which hit a woman in her 40s - in business attire.

I promptly apologised, but she said she's got my details and is going to report me to the "appropriate authorities".

How much trouble will I get in for this?

Thanks in advance.
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(Original post by Iron Lady)
I was driving quickly this morning as I was running late, there were puddles from the overnight rain showers.

There were two big puddles, which I tried to avoid so a pedestrian would not be hit. Unfortunately (especially for me now) I accidently drove through one which hit a woman in her 40s - in business attire.

I promptly apologised, but she said she's got my details and is going to report me to the "appropriate authorities".

How much trouble will I get in for this?

Thanks in advance.
The sensible course of action to follow if you do this is to stop, apologise as profusely as you possibly can, offer the unfortunate victim a lift home and give them the money for their dry-cleaning bill, possibly following up with a bunch of flowers.

Driving without due consideration for others is on a par with careless driving and likely to attract a fine and three points if you are found guilty.
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Na mate all you gotta say is that it was unavoidable due to busy traffic and absolutely necessary it happened to me and my brother whose a lawyer said that and I got compensation as well so )))


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(Original post by Iron Lady)
I was driving quickly this morning as I was running late, there were puddles from the overnight rain showers.

There were two big puddles, which I tried to avoid so a pedestrian would not be hit. Unfortunately (especially for me now) I accidently drove through one which hit a woman in her 40s - in business attire.

I promptly apologised, but she said she's got my details and is going to report me to the "appropriate authorities".

How much trouble will I get in for this?

Thanks in advance.
There is information here.

The CPS website considers "driving through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed" to be a breach of this Act.
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Thanks to everyone who has responded, I offered the woman a lift but she refused. I just have to wait and see what happens now. I will post any news.
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Slightly pathetic if she does report you, it's a bit of water.
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It never happened.
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Deny everything unless there's solid proof. Unless you wanna be the goodie and get a possible fine and a driving offence.
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Don't worry- she might have been an investment banker
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(Original post by Iron Lady)
I was driving quickly this morning as I was running late, there were puddles from the overnight rain showers.

There were two big puddles, which I tried to avoid so a pedestrian would not be hit. Unfortunately (especially for me now) I accidently drove through one which hit a woman in her 40s - in business attire.

I promptly apologised, but she said she's got my details and is going to report me to the "appropriate authorities".

How much trouble will I get in for this?

Thanks in advance.
You can actually be charged for that.

The offence is "careless, and inconsiderate, driving" and can carry a fine of up to £2,500.

Obviously you are very unlikely to be charged for this, unless the woman has witnesses who say that you deliberately did what you did.

However, in future, if you can't avoid driving through a puddle while alongside a pedestrian then slow right down so you don't splash them. How would you feel if you were walking to work and got soaked from head to toe by some inconsiderate ******** in a car?
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This shows the shocking lack of respect which Labour and the leftists have created in the UK, where people don't have the common courtesy not to drive through puddles and soak a pedestrian especially an older woman in business attire.

Mrs Thatcher tried to leave us a society where people respected each other especially older people who were dressed up trying to make their journey to their lawful place of work and then you get idiots behaving like this chav.

No doubt he will just get a ticking off or a warning because you can't punish anybody in our PC leftist society, they might get offended.
ridiculous post. firstly she isnt elderly... well i wouldnt call 40 elferly, my mums in her 40s and she would kill me if i called her elderly! :laugh:

the sad state of our country is that people always want compensation or someone to blame for small little accidents! everyone has driven through a puddle at some point, and you dont always notice someone is there or that the puddle is that deep in time before you can react. maybe another car was in the opposing lane so swerving wasnt possible, how do you know. To make an assumption that our society is broken because a man drove through a puddle is ignorant and unfair, especially when you try and bring your political opinions in which are irrelevant to this.
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Slightly pathetic if she does report you, it's a bit of water.
How would you feel if you were walking to work and some ******* in a car soaked you from head to toe with filthy water?
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Good, serves you right if I'm being honest. The other day I was splashed by a white van man ****. Normally as a pedestrain I'm very aware of my surroundings unlike most people. But that day I had a lot on my mind, so I didn't notice the massive pudddle next to the kerb, normally I'd have walked as far away from it as possible. Anyway, as I was walking along, said van driver speeds along (must have been doing at least 35 in a 20 zone) and SPLAAAAAAASH all my clothes are soaked. You don't know how mad I was that day. ****in **** of a van driver. If I was able to have caught up with said van driver, I wouldn't have been responsible for my actions.

And before you say it, yes I drive as well so I can see both sides of the coin. You just have to pay attention to avoid **** like this.
She didn't do it on purpose. At least she/he at the courtesy to stop and offer her a lift, in which the woman took note of her details. If the OP just drove off, then the OP would prob be in a better situation now.
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Thanks to everyone who has responded, I offered the woman a lift but she refused. I just have to wait and see what happens now. I will post any news.
I would have thought given your user name you would be fully supportive of the law being enforced properly and with the maximum possible sentence to deter feckless youngsters from committing crime.
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I would have just stopped and gone haha and drove off. Seriously everyone knows not to stand near puddles on a road you are just asking to get wet.
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Seriously, this is a crime?

It happens to me on almost a weekly basis. Yeah, it's kind of terrible at the time, but, come on, it is just a bit of water. There are more important things than a bit of water. I don't see how it's a chargeable offence. Especially if it's a one-off accident.
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Slightly pathetic if she does report you, it's a bit of water.
Being soaked on a cold day? think it through.

Besides, avoiding puddles is better for the him/herself as the puddle could be covering a pothole.
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Being soaked on a cold day? think it through.
I don't really see your point. Yes, it sucks. But so does someone tripping and spilling coffee down you. Are you really going to seek criminal charges?

Why are people so desperate to see someone suffer for everything little thing that happens to them. It's petty and pointless. It was an honest accident. Forgive and move on.
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How would you feel if you were walking to work and some ******* in a car soaked you from head to toe with filthy water?
I'm sure I'd be pretty pissed off, but 'calling the appropriate authorities' (the puddle police?) is an over reaction. It was an accident, and it's not like she physically injured her or anything. I bet she didn't even get that wet.
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I don't really see your point. Yes, it sucks. But so does someone tripping and spilling coffee down you. Are you really going to seek criminal charges?

Why are people so desperate to see someone suffer for everything little thing that happens to them. It's petty and pointless. It was an honest accident. Forgive and move on.
Wearing wet clothes puts a person at greater risk of hypothermia. The difference with spilling coffee is that you can't really prevent it. I can understand that the OP did not mean to cause harm, however I can understand why the woman was upset. I would advise the OP to be more careful in the future.
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