Careless Driving Causing Bodily Injury or Death (42-4-1402)
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- What is considered careless driving that results in injury or death?
- (1) A person who drives a motor vehicle, bicycle, electrical assisted bicycle, or low-power scooter in a careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and use of the streets and highways and all other attendant circumstances, is guilty of careless driving. A person convicted of careless driving of a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall not be subject to the provisions of section 42-2-127.
- (2) Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense, but, if the person's actions are the proximate cause of bodily injury or death to another, such person commits a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense.
Careless driving causing bodily injury or death is a serious charge with serious consequences in Colorado. The Orr Law Firm has experience handling these cases and can passionately fight for your rights. Careless driving is a fairly common traffic offense in Colorado. When the police officer doesn’t know what to charge you with, they may throw in careless driving as the catch-all. However, when someone is injured or dies and you are determined to be the at-fault driver, you will be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense known as careless driving causing serious bodily injury/death.
The possible penalties for this offense are 10 days to 1 year imprisonment in the county jail and a fine of $300 to $1,000, or both. You may also face charges for vehicular homicide.
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As you can see, the penalty for an “accident” which results in injury or death to another party is quite severe. As you deal with the emotions and trauma of the accident, the District Attorney will be attempting to prosecute and imprison you. You have already made one mistake; do not make a second by not consulting with a Denver traffic offense attorney that has extensive experience handling careless driving cases.
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