Have you been caught driving without due care and attention, and are now facing a potential prosecution for careless driving?
Are you concerned that the resulting fine will leave you out of pocket, or that the addition of points to your licence will result in a damaging driving disqualification?
Do you therefore require legal advice and support from the UK’s most experienced specialist motoring offences solicitors, who can help you to avoid a conviction by putting together a strong defence?
If so, contact the team at MotoringOffences.com today. We have more than a century of combined experience between us, and can help you contest your motoring offence charge by providing personalised legal advice based on our proven expertise.
How Can We Help?
MotoringOffences.com is part of JMW Solicitors, and we have been representing clients since 1978, dealing with thousands of clients during that time. With more than 100 years of combined experience between us, we are the most experienced motoring offences team in the country.
With accreditation from respected bodies such as Chambers and the Legal 500, our solicitors have a strong track record of successfully defending motorists accused of careless driving. Examples include:
- proving that a client was wrongly prosecuted for careless driving based on inconsistent crown evidence, and further demonstrating that the prosecution witnesses were the ones who should be prosecuted
- proving an accident that took place was not to do with the driving of the individual, but rather a defect in the road
- successfully having a defendant acquitted after showing they lost control of their vehicle due to a mechanical defect in their braking system
Whatever the circumstances of your case, we will provide you with personalised advice based on a strong understanding of the law. We will help you by:
- assessing all of the details of the incident, and finding evidence that supports your case
- advising you on the best legal defence approach available to you
- representing you in court
We are able to attend courts across England and Wales and can take instructions by phone, email or in writing, in order to make our service as convenient and accessible as possible for clients nationwide.
By calling us on 0345 241 1326, you will get a free initial consultation, during which we will offer a clear picture of the costs involved.
Can I Avoid a Penalty for Careless Driving?
If your driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver, you could face a careless driving charge. Examples might include:
- Driving too close to another vehicle
- Turning into the path of another road user
- Being distracted behind the wheel, for example by eating or drinking, or operating a device such as the radio or satnav
- Driving too fast or too slow
- Ignoring road signs
- Driving through a red light
- Bumping or scraping against another vehicle
There is no strict definition for careless driving, which means the prosecution will need to demonstrate to the courts that you were driving without due care and attention. To defend yourself against a careless driving charge, you will need to persuade the court that you were in fact paying proper attention to the road and to your driving.
Accusations of careless driving are common when the prosecution is trying to make a personal injury claim for an accident. If you are charged with careless driving, it is important to get the right legal representation to help you put forward the strongest possible defence.
What Happens if I am Found Guilty of Careless Driving?
If you are found guilty of careless driving, you could face a number of potential penalties, including:
- the addition of between three and nine points to your licence, depending on the severity of the incident
- a fine of £2,500
- a potential driving disqualification, imposed immediately at the court’s discretion, and reserved for the most serious cases
Receiving a large number of points on your driving licence can lead to higher insurance premiums, creating financial hardship beyond the initial fine. It can also increase your risk of receiving a driving ban for accumulating 12 points on your licence, which can impact your personal and professional life in a negative way.
As such, anyone accused of careless driving would be well advised to seek legal advice as soon as possible.