I am writing something about legal defences available to a defendant.
I would like to know if these two expressions (title) can in this case be synonyms and if one is more used than the other.
Context: The defendant will not be liable if they can show that the accident could not have been avoided by exercising ordinary care and skill.
Phrase: If the driver took all due care and precaution, before and while driving, they will not be liable: the accident was completely out of their hands / beyond their control.
I initially wrote “beyond their control”, but searching on Internet, I found that the first is more common than the second.
Nevertheless, the second sounds more natural to me.
P.S. I intentionally used the “singular they” (politically correct).