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Q: Why does my daughter have a ticket for an accident where she was the only person or vehicle involved in Illinois

My daughter was traveling through Illinois on her way back to Arkansas from seeing a friend. She Hydroplaned on the freeway after hitting standing water going 55 in a 65 she went off the road and totaled her car and she got a traffic ticket. No other vehicles or personnel were involved. It was deemed that she was at fault and not sure why that is.

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

A: Because it’s arguable that she failed to maintain control over vehicle, failed to reduce speed to avoid an accident, drove too fast for conditions and other possible violations. The state has to prove those but the fact that it was a one vehicle accident does not constitute a defense

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

A: Driving to Fast for Conditions is the likely ticket she received and that ticket explains its self.

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

A: If you have an accident, it MUST be reported to the police. Your daughter was probably charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident. She was NOT ticketed for having an accident. She was probably ticketed for NOT reporting it. Even when the only damage is to your car, you MUST report it. She should contact an attorney in the jurisdiction of the Court where she was cited. This offense could cause her to be suspended and/or pay a fine of $2,500.00. An attorney can probably arrange for a favorable disposition.

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