Despite the training you receive, your level of experience or driving record, sustaining injuries is always a possibility on the road. You never know what is going on in the vehicles around you and, unfortunately, not all motorists take their responsibilities seriously.

You probably understand the likelihood of getting a speeding ticket if you exceed the posted limit. However, are you aware of how negligence could factor into a traffic ticket?

Three examples of driver negligence

Many drivers believe negligence applies only to the use of excessive speed. Yet, carelessness may also apply when driving slower than the posted minimum speed limit, following too closely behind another vehicle or not moving over to the righthand lane.

There are three minimum expectations for operating a motor vehicle in Virginia:

  • Drive at a reasonable speed, consistent with the existing conditions
  • Maintain control of your vehicle
  • Look out for others around you

Driving regulations and correlating penalties often differ between states. Yet, it is common for a court to determine negligence through a lack of adherence to these principles of ordinary care.

Potential costs of a traffic offense

For every mile a motorist exceeds the speed limit in the Commonwealth, they can anticipate a six-dollar fine. Further considerations include assessed administrative fees, demerit points and an increased insurance rate.

The financial penalties associated with a traffic violation may remind motorists of how serious negligence can be. Yet, many careless acts lead to lifelong regret.

Negligence can result in compensation

Some traffic offenses result in a criminal record. For example, recklessness due to excessive speed may result in a misdemeanor, and a felony charge could factor in if reckless driving without a valid license claims someone’s life.

Safety should always be the primary focus when you get behind the wheel. However, if another driver’s negligence harms you or a loved one, you can explore your right to hold him or her accountable.