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Driving without due care and attention

Motoring Offences

Cartwright King’s specialist Motoring Offences Lawyers can work with you to build a strong case against driving without due care and attention  and careless driving allegations. Benefit from the experience of our meticulous Road Traffic team who will carefully scrutinise the evidence, in detail, to establish the facts that will help clear you of wrongdoing.

For fast, efficient and effective legal advice for motoring offences, get in touch with Cartwright King, now.

How Cartwright King can defend you

Cartwright King takes a non-judgemental approach to your case. We listen, we understand and we genuinely care about protecting your interests. We offer honest, reliable legal advice to ensure that the best possible action is taken to help clear your name. We can help with:

  • Reviewing all the circumstances of your case 
  • Building a strong defence by gathering evidence and presenting your case
  • Representation in Court
  • Legal advice throughout your case

Benefit from a free, initial telephone conversation

If you have been charged with careless driving and you face getting points on your licence and/or disqualification, you can benefit from a free, initial telephone call with a specialist Cartwright King Motoring Offence Lawyer to assess your options.

There’s no substitute for speaking to one of our specialist solicitors to get the right advice, and start preparing your defence. 

For immediate action, contact us today for your free* initial discussion.

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

Why choose Cartwright King for motoring offence defence?

If you face charges for careless driving, having an experienced Motoring Offence Lawyer representing you is often the difference when it comes to avoiding points on your licence or a driving ban.

We listen, we understand and we genuinely care about keeping your licence clean and you on the road. That’s why we offer sound, honest, reliable legal advice to ensure that you understand your rights when facing careless driving charges. 

Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor gives you the assurance of having access to legal counsel who will advise you at every stage of your case. We know that careless driving charges can be damaging to your daily life and potentially affect your employment. 

That’s why we will do everything we can to clear you of wrongdoing or minimise any action against you.

We’re committed to defending your legal rights and protecting your driving licence, ensuring that you’re treated fairly throughout your case. When you need us most, we’ll be there to offer sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance.  

We’re a trusted, resourceful Legal 500 top tier law firm with specialist solicitors that are calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on.

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

The Road Traffic Act 1988 states that it is an offence to be guilty of ‘driving a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention’.

Careless driving is defined as driving that:

  • Falls below the standard expected of a competent driver, or
  • That does not show reasonable consideration for other people using the road/pathways.

Not every accident involves driving without due care and attention. Insurance companies will usually deal with the financial consequences of an accident and the expenses that arise from them.

If the police are involved, they will be looking to see if the criminal law has been broken. If they think it has, they will start criminal proceedings.

There are many actions that are considered driving without due care and attention. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Eating while driving
  • Smoking while driving
  • Changing a CD
  • ‘Tail-gating’ another vehicle
  • Driving through a red traffic light
  • Undertaking
  • Driving into a pedestrian

The Court can impose  3 – 9 penalty points on your licence or disqualify you from driving. If you have previous points on your licence and you reach 12 or more, a mandatory driving ban applies under ‘totting up‘ provisions. You could also be issued with an unlimited fine.

Your penalty is likely to be more severe if your actions include:

  • Excessive speed
  • Allowing yourself to be distracted by doing something else, e.g. eating or drinking
  • Trying to look after passengers in the car
  • Carrying an unsafe load
  • Causing an accident that results in injury
  • Causing damage to another vehicle or property
  • Careless driving  in a high risk area, e.g. near a school, crowds of people or on a particularly busy road
  • Driving while tired

While the police can now issue a fixed penalty for careless driving offences, you don’t have to accept it. You can challenge a fixed penalty notice in Court if you believe that you’re innocent of the careless driving accusations against you.

If you have been charged, you will be prosecuted at the Magistrates’ Court. If the police did not attend the scene, and there was no accident, you should receive a notice of intended prosecution within 14 days. Otherwise you will receive a court summons.

Get in touch with Cartwright King immediately if you have been charged. We will help you prepare and present your defence to give you the best possible chance of overturning the charges against you.

In Court, the prosecution will have to prove that your driving fell below the expected standard of a competent driver beyond all reasonable doubt. Throughout Court proceedings Cartwright King will be there to represent you with professional advice.