UAE: Motorist jailed, fined Dh20,000 for hitting biker in road rage incident

The Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court of First Instance found him guilty of endangering the motorcyclist's life, reckless driving and other counts


Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Thu 3 Nov 2022, 8:20 AM

Last updated: Thu 3 Nov 2022, 1:48 PM

A motorist who hit a biker during a road rage incident has been jailed for three months and fined Dh20,000 in Ras Al Khaimah.

The driver, who is from a GCC nation, was found guilty of reckless driving, assaulting the victim, endangering his life, among other offences, according to the ruling issued by the Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court of First Instance.

The motorcyclist hauled the driver to court, claiming that the latter deliberately rammed his vehicle into his bike.

He said he was riding his motorcycle on a road in Ras Al Khaimah when an argument broke out between the two of them, court records show.

The victim said he was shocked when the defendant — who was occupying a different lane — started chasing him. The defendant then deliberately hit his motorbike, nearly "trying to kill him" before fleeing the scene, the biker told the court.

The man had been charged with assault, damaging a motorcycle, and driving a vehicle in a way that endangers the lives of others.

The judge found him guilty on all counts and subsequently sentenced.

The plaintiff had also filed a civil lawsuit against the motorist to claim compensation.

He had demanded Dh45,000 in compensation for the material, moral and physical damages and another Dh30,000 for his motorbike that was damaged during the incident.

But the judge decided that the driver pay only Dh15,000 in compensation for all the damages. The defendant was then told to pay for the plaintiff’s legal expenses.

He was also given a three-year suspended jail sentence.


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