Most drivers occasionally drive without due care and attention whether they realise it or not.
- Coming out of a junction and failing to see another vehicle or cyclist
- Scraping another car while negotiating a tight bend or even when parking
- Bumping into the car in front of you at a junction or in slow moving traffic
- Turning right across the path of another vehicle etc. etc. etc.
You can commit this offence on a public place as well as on a road – a car park is normally a public place but there are exceptions.
After an accident if you do not stop and exchange details or report to the police you may commit the more serious offences of Failing to Stop and Report which can be imprisonable.
For more information please read the following National Sentencing Guidelines:
Careless driving (driving without due care and attention)
Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving
Fail to stop/report road accident