Whether you are charged with careless driving or dangerous driving depends on how bad your driving was.
If your driving was below the expected standard then you may be charged with dangerous driving, it is difficult to say what the expected standard is, but if you are driving well over the speed limit, overtaking in a dangerous place or driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, then you will probably be charged with dangerous driving.
Dangerous driving is a very serious offence and could result in you being sent to prison for up to two years and if you are found guilty of dangerous driving then the court must disqualify you from driving. So if you have been charged with this offence then it is definitely worth while taking legal advice and having representation at court to try and avoid going to prison and losing your licence.
You may be able to instruct a legal aid solicitor, but you may have to pay their fees anyway so it will probably be better to instruct a specialist criminal defence motoring lawyer and pay them privately, if your defence is successful the Court will usually pay your legal costs.
If you have any more questions on your dangerous driving charge then please give us a call or send in an email and we would be more than happy to help.