Careless driving, also known as driving without due care and attention is an offence which falls under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This charge focuses on the standard of driving and is argued where the level of driving is below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver.
You can face an endorsement of 3-9 penalty points or disqualification, and a fine for a careless driving conviction; the severity of your sentence will depend on other factors including whether you have previous convictions for road traffic offences; whether you have consumed any intoxicating substances; and whether you were speeding far in excess of the legal limit.
Examples of careless driving include tailgating; undertaking; accidentally driving through a red light; pulling out in front of a cyclist or other vehicle; and being distracted by something whilst driving.
At Rotheras our motorist defence team understand the implications to you and your family of receiving a careless driving charge, especially where your driving licence is at risk. Our experienced solicitors will work thoroughly to prepare your case so we can successfully examine and challenge the prosecution evidence to improve your chances of being acquitted.
We have a site dedicated solely to Motoring Offences whilst still using the same expert Transport solicitors, so if you’re looking for more information about types of offences, our team, where we operate or case studies from some of our previous clients, then head over to KeepMeOnTheRoad. If you feel you’ve read enough and want to speak to one of the country’s leading transport Law teams, give us a call now on 0115 910 0600.
Why use Rotheras for Careless Driving Offences?
We can advise you where you have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) of careless driving or you have received a summons/postal requisition requiring you to attend court for careless driving.
We can help in cases where you have pleaded guilty to the offence, by aiming to obtain the lowest sentence for you.
When preparing a defence for driving offences we will examine every aspect of your case to prepare a sufficient defence, including the scene of the accident, the accident report, and any expert evidence.
Our team have considerable experience in representing clients for careless driving offences in the Magistrates’ Court.
We represent clients nationwide.
We will examine all the evidence thoroughly, including identifying any personal factors that could decrease your sentence such as age, a clean criminal record and a clean driving record.
We can help where you have been charged with death by careless driving.
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Posted 27 January 2020
This was my first experience using a solicitor, something I felt quite daunted about. Rothera Sharp (Greg and Petra) put me at ease and were very helpful.
Posted 27 January 2020
Last year I experienced a car accident, as a front seat passenger. I put forward a personal injury claim with Rothera Sharp. From start to finish, my claim has been dealt with efficiently and professionally, and I have always felt my best interests were considered. All communications were made via letter or email to inform me of all further updates. My claim has now come to an end and I am very happy with the overall outcome. I would recommend Rothera Sharp for their service.
Posted 4 February 2020
We cannot recommend Chris Powell of Rothera Sharp more highly. Mr Powell demonstrated the upmost professionalism with a high level of knowledge of the area for which he was representing us. Anyone needing representation/advice regarding the area of haulage will find that Chris Powell and Rothera Sharp are the best choice.
Posted 4 February 2020
Claim dealt with efficiently and to a satisfactory conclusion. Wayne Vickers visited me at home initially and explained everything thoroughly. Professional service throughout. Recommended
Anton Balkitis leads the Transport Law team and is a nationally recognised Transport and Motoring Law specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Olivia Maginn is a transport and motoring law specialist at Nottingham based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Chris Powell specialises in road transport law and motoring defence. He advises and represents haulage and PSV operator licence holders and drivers on all road transport regulatory matters.
Joanne Derbyshire is a Trainee Solicitor currently in the Transport department.
Hardeep Chumber is a paralegal in Rotheras Motoring and Transport department and is based at our Lace Market office.
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