Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident

Illinois Traffic Ticket Attorneys

All drivers on Illinois roads have a duty to "use due care" when driving. If you are in an accident and the police believe you are at fault, you can receive a traffic ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. This type of ticket is considered a petty offense and can result in a fine of up to $1,000. Additionally, if you plead guilty or are found guilty, it will result in a moving violation on your driving record. At the Law Office of Francis J. Discipio, we always strive to protect our clients' driving records when handling traffic violations.

Tickets for Accident Involvement

In Illinois, if a police officer arrives at the scene of an accident, it is likely that someone will be written a ticket. Whether or not you were driving over the speed limit is irrelevant with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident tickets. Under Illinois law, it is expected that drivers will slow down to avoid an accident no matter how fast they are driving at the time. For example, in a rear-end collision, the driver in the back is typically cited for the accident even if that driver was driving at or below the speed limit. It is assumed that the rear vehicle was following too closely.

Any time you are involved in an accident, it is wise to consult an attorney. This is particularly true if you receive a ticket for failure to reduce speed following an accident. Besides a hefty fine, a conviction and points can be added to your driving record, which could lead to a future license suspension. Additionally, a finding of guilt in this violation could be used against you civilly if you are sued by the other driver. We can help you avoid many the negative consequences of your accident and protect your wallet and your driving record.

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If you receive a traffic ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, we have the experience and knowledge to help you. Our Practice serves clients throughout the Cook County and DuPage County including Wheaton, Bridgeview, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie. Contact Us today for a free initial consultation.

Getting to Know Francis

Francis owns a title company, Esquire Title, in addition to managing a collection agency. He brings over 20 years of valuable courtroom experience to every case by showing his dedication, determination and attention to the finest details of each case.

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