Colorado Careless Driving Lawyer
Careless Driving is most commonly associated with driving accidents, but it can be a very serious charge if someone was seriously hurt or killed as a result of that accident. It can even include jail time. Any time you are charged with careless driving, you will be required to go to court.
What is Careless Driving?
Careless Driving essentially requires the state to prove that the offending driver was negligent in his operation of the vehicle. While the offender didn't intend for the accident to occur, the accident was absolutely preventable. The example of a person who is responding to a text on their phone who then rear-ends the person in front of them is a textbook example of Careless Driving. Note that Careless Driving is much different than the more severe charge of Reckless Driving.
Penalties for Careless Driving
Careless driving takes at least 4 points from the 12 an adult has available on their license in Colorado. Careless driving can also be considered as a major moving violation by your insurance company and lead to an increase in premiums. Make sure you have solid representation in your corner to keep your points low and your record intact. At a minimum, you should give us a call for a free consultation so that we can assess your specific situation.
A person faces more serious penalties if their Careless Driving resulted in serious bodily injury to another party. Serious bodily injury is a legal term that, put simply, means a driver or pedestrian was severely injured by the actions of the other motorist. Obviously, if a death occurs as a result of the Careless Driving, the penalties for the driver are very serious and almost always include jail time as punishment.