Shorewood, IL asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Illinois

Q: Will I Still Have A Driver's License?

So in August I have gotten a ticket for no insurance. But I had brought proof of insurance to bring to court on September 23rd, they said I have gotten the insurance too late about it. So I have to pay a fine and on court supervision. Today October 19 I had court for a terrible accident on September 12 (before the court supervision) I had almost died hydroplaning driving under the speed limit under wet conditions, I couldn't control my vehicle. I ended up flipping in my truck and sliding multiple times, lost so much blood.

Police put down I was speeding, judge said either way I'm still guilty because I caused the accident. There's no proof of me speeding. But I pled guilty either way.. do you think they'll take my driver's license? JOLIET, ILLINOIS

3 Lawyer Answers
Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Your fact pattern about do not show any reason for your license to be suspended. Your 9/12/20 accident does not violate your 9/23/20 Court Supervision because it happened before you were placed on Court Supervision. You only violate Court Supervision when you pick up a new case while on Court Supervision. You should be fine.

Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin
PREMIUM
Answered
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Springfield, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: I agree with Mr.Ooink. Based on the limited information you provided, there’s no reason they would suspend your license. But we don’t know what your previous driving record says.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: If your insurance was active on 9-12-20, you should* be alright. Understand that the officer did NOT cite you with "speeding," he cited you for going too fast for conditions. 15 mph can be "too fast" on ice. You can hydroplane at 30-40, depending on tires and vehicle weight and how much water is on the road. Losing control of your vehicle proves that you were "going too fast for conditions," even if you were doing 35 and the speed limit was 70 mph.

*I say "should" be alright because we do not know your driving record. We also do not know how high your insurance will go after a major at-fault accident within days of becoming insured. If you did not purchase insurance until after 9-12-20, you have problems. At a minimum, you are responsible to all property damage to the cars and anything that may have been near (e.g. guard rail, fence, utility pole, street lamp, etc.) as well as any injury to the drivers and passengers of the cars involved in the accident. If your insurance was not in force, your license will be suspended until you enter into a repayment agreement with the defendants or their insurers OR you file bankruptcy.

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