Careless driving (or driving without due care and attention) is an allegation which is often used by the police in instances involving minor collisions or risky overtaking. There are defences where your driving was not the cause of the incident. Call EA Law - East Anglian Chambers for clear and precise advice on all aspects of the allegation made against you or your client.
Careless driving offences are where your driving is deemed to have fallen below the standard of a competent and careful driver. Many of the calls to EA Law - East Anglian Chambers involve allegations of very minor collisions which have gone unnoticed by one of the drivers. This driver is then charged with careless driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and/or failing to report an accident.
If you find yourself in this position, then there are steps that can be taken on your behalf to defend the allegations or to limit the effect of any sentence, depending upon the circumstances.
The penalties for careless driving range between 3-9 penalty points on your driving licence, or a disqualification from driving. You will also be liable to a fine, which will be set according to your means.
We often find ourselves considering an allegation of careless driving/driving without due care and attention in conjunction with an allegation of dangerous driving or the relatively new offence of death by careless driving. You may want us to negotiate a plea to the lesser offence of careless driving should it be appropriate. Otherwise, there might be a trial where we will defend you on the basis that your driving was beyond criticism, or that it simply amounted to careless driving rather than dangerous driving.
If you wish to discuss your dangerous or careless driving offence with one of our motoring law specialists, then please call us for free and without obligation advice.
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Please call us now on 01473 214481 and speak to a member of our Clerking Team for further advice and assistance.