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Careless Driving

In Miami, Florida careless driving is a citation that is relatively common. Careless driving is defined by the Florida statute 316.1925 as the following:

Any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having a regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person. Failure to drive in such manner shall constitute careless driving and a violation of this section.

One of the most common reasons a careless driving or a civil traffic charge is given to an individual is for a rear-end collision. Many officers in the Miami, Florida area will use this particular citation when they have no other tickets they feel they will be able to prove under the court of law. It is not uncommon for an officer in Miami, Florida to issue a careless driving ticket to whomever they feel is at fault in a car accident. It is important to remember that police officers are very rarely at the scene of an accident. They are usually called to the scene and are then forced to put the pieces together depending on what all parties report to them.

If an officer is going to charge an individual with careless driving they are going to need to prove that the person being charged endangered the life, limb, or property of another citizen. A Miami traffic ticket attorney will be able to fight the charges of their client failing to account for conditions.

In Miami, Florida a careless driving ticket is regarded as a civil traffic charge, which means that in most cases it is going to be a financial issue. However there are some exceptions where a careless driving ticket can result in a suspension of an individual’s license. One example is when a person is charged with a careless driving ticket and that particular ticket gives a person enough points on their license for it to be suspended. The other way a careless driving ticket for failing to account for conditions can cause a person to lose their license is if an individual ignores the ticket. In Miami and throughout the rest of Florida a person’s license can be suspended for failure to pay a ticket within the 30 day period given.

If a reckless driving traffic lawyer is hired it is very likely that a civil traffic charge will be dropped or reduced. Even though a careless driving ticket in most cases is just a financial matter it can cause an increase in insurance rates if a person is adjudicated guilty. In Florida, the only thing that matters when it comes to insurance premiums rising and a careless driving charge is the holding of adjudication.

Experienced civil traffic lawyers will do the investigation that is necessary to ensure that their clients have the best possible chance of getting their traffic cases dismissed. In many cases a Miami, Florida court does not feel that just because a person was in an accident it is enough to find them being guilty of a careless driving ticket. An accident can occur for a number of a different reasons and a civil traffic lawyer is the best way to ensure that the court system recognizes that you are not at fault.

Yale Galanter

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