Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident
Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident is the most common traffic ticket issued by a police officer after a traffic accident has occurred. This citation is especially common after a rear-end collision. Under Illinois law, Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident is charged under 625 ILCS 5/11-601(a). Whenever an accident occurs, it is most likely that one of the parties will be issued a traffic ticket. The attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. represent those ticketed as a result of a traffic accident.
Even if the police officer did not witness the accident, they will attempt to determine fault after arriving on the scene. This process typically involves evaluating the damage to the vehicles, speaking with the individuals involved in the accident as well as any third-party witnesses.
If you are charged with Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, the State must prove that you did not use “due care” while driving. Whether or not you were exceeding the posted speed limit is not a defense to this charge.
Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident is a moving violation charged as a petty offense. There are a variety of possible outcomes depending on the specific circumstances surrounding your case. A conviction would result in a mark on your driving record, high fines, and increased insurance rates. You may be eligible for Court Supervision to avoid the offense from appearing on your public driving record as long as certain conditions are satisfied. It is important to note that a finding of guilty may be used against you civilly if the other party involved in the accident sues you. A dismissal or finding of not guilty after trial is the best possible result. Under certain conditions, a dismissal may be achieved if all witnesses fail to appear in court. However, a dismissal is never guaranteed and may only be offered under certain limited circumstances.
Whenever you are involved in a traffic accident, you are strongly encouraged to seek legal advice from a qualified attorney. The traffic ticket defense attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. regularly represent clients ticketed for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident throughout Illinois including Cook, Lake, and Dupage Counties. Contact us today to discuss your case.