In the world of cars, there is the nice side about choosing a luxury car with all the latest gadgets. And there is the dark side of the cars; namely, car crashes. Needless to say, nobody likes a car crash, even if you have a good car insurance. But surprising, if you thought a car crash was bad enough, you are wrong. Indeed, a collision can be made a lot worse – especially its legal impacts on you – if you are found guilty of additional driving offenses. Are you wondering about the top four driving offenses that can turn a simple road collision into a complete nightmare? Here they are:
Driving And Speeding
Driving and speeding is never a good idea, especially if you are caught. However, most states differ a lot when it comes to punishing speeding offenses with a ticket. Some, such as California, increases your insurance premiums after you’ve received a speeding ticket. In other words, they make you pay twice for the same ticket. There’s no way around it: You’ll have to learn your lesson! In Virginia, you can be fined up to $2,500 for speeding. Now imagine that your collision is related to speeding. If this isn’t your first speeding offense, you may find that the law can be extremely severe.
Driving Without A License
Driving without a driving license, or with a revoked driving license is illegal across all 50 US states. More often than not, your first offense will be strictly punished – it is indeed considered a misdemeanor. From the second offense, it becomes a felony, which means that you will be facing dire consequences. From a fine to a license suspension, there are plenty of harsh punishment. But be warned that jail time is also a very realistic possibility. In short, if you are implicated in a road collision, and you don’t have a license, you are more than likely to leave the scene with a cold pair of handcuffs around your wrists.
Driving And Drinking
Driving under the influence, or DUI, refers to driving while being impaired by alcoholic drinks or drugs – this also includes drugs that are prescribed by doctors. However, it is about being made unable to control the vehicle safely. In other words, antibiotics are not likely to cause you to be charged with a DUI offense. As a general rule, if this is your first offense, you may receive up to four-month suspension for a blood or breath test with a result of 0.08% BAC or above. A second offense will get your one-year suspension. These offenses will also be held against you in the case of a road collision.
Taking A Life Behind The Wheel
Vehicular homicide is one of the most horrible things that could happen to a driver. It is the act of causing death, either as part of criminal negligence or as an intentional murder, while driving your car. In some places, it is labeled as dangerous driving causing death. Whether the victim was in the car or outside of the car makes no difference to the offense. In the USA, there is no clear distinction in the penal code between a vehicular homicide that involves negligence and one that doesn’t. Consequently, you could, in certain states, be charged with manslaughter or even murder.