There are many types of traffic violations. While most traffic offenses are infractions, which are minor crimes, they can also have negative consequences. Traffic violations can result in expensive tickets, higher insurance premiums, and in some cases, the suspension of your driver’s license. Some traffic infractions can even result in a misdemeanor or felony charges. Each state has its own rules on traffic violations. Below is a list of traffic infractions that our law firm can assist you with your case.
One of the most common traffic violations. Basic speeding law states you can be charged with speeding by violating the “basic” speeding law, even if you were driving below the posted speeding limit. The ticketing officer must decide you were going faster than you should be going and the driving conditions at the time.
- Reckless Driving:
Driving reckless or with a disregard for safety of others. (i.e racing or eluding the police, driving over 25mph of posted speed limit, and passing another vehicle on a two-lane highway when visibility of oncoming traffic is limited). Reckless driving is one of the most serious traffic offenses and can be charged as a misdemeanor. If convicted it can result in penalties ranging from heavy fines or incarceration in some cases, and also depending on your state law.
- Distracted Driving:
Anything that takes the drivers eyes off the road or concentration away from driving. Texting while driving, putting on makeup, tending to a pet or shaving are forms of driving distracted. Distracted driving can cause accidents, death, injuries and all can be used as evidence of driver’s negligence or recklessness in lawsuits stemming from auto accident.
- Running a Red light or Stop Sign:
This is one of the most dangerous offenses a driver can commit. Proceeding through a red light or stop sign at an intersection without coming to a complete stop is violating this traffic law and fighting it in court will not be easy.
- Leaving the scene of an accident:
This is a serious offense in most states, especially if someone is injured in a crash. When one is involved in an accident you must stay at the scene immediately after it occurs, receiving medical attention for those in need and wait for the police to arrive. These procedures must be followed depending on the type of accident:
- Causing injuries to others (pedestrian, passenger, or another driver).
- Damage to property (parked car).
- Persons death (pedestrian, passenger or another driver).
If a driver collides with an unattended vehicle or some other stationary property (such as a mailbox or fence), many states mandate that he or she makes a reasonable effort to identify the property owner and alert them as to what happened in the incident.
- Driving without a valid driver’s license, insurance or registration:
It is unlawful to drive without a valid driver’s license, insurance and or proper registration.
Some common type of driver’s license violations include:
- Driving with an expired license
- Driving with a temporary suspended license
- Failing to apply for state issued driver’s license
- Failing to show proof of valid license when operating a vehicle
- Driving a permanently revoked license (driver may be cited, arrested and charged for a misdemeanor offense)
Failure to keep a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, or registration or copies of these documents in the car can lead to hefty fines and traffic citations.
Driving under the influence is a crime in all 50 states. This charge is taken very seriously and is punishable accordingly. If a person in generally impaired to safely operate a motor vehicle accordingly by state law by having consumed alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications. Some states assume any amount of certain drugs in the bloodstream constitutes impairment.