In a failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident violation, it does not matter that you were driving within the speed limit. The law states, "Speed must be decreased as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person or vehicle on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care." If you plead guilty to this charge, it could expose you to liability in a civil lawsuit. It is in your best interests to seek counsel from an experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney.
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Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident is a petty offense, punishable with up to $1,000 in fines. If you plead guilty, you could also be sentenced to court supervision, public service, restitution, and driver safety school. Depending on your driving record, a conviction could trigger suspension of your driver's license. If the other party to the accident sustained property damage or personal injury, a guilty plea to failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident could set you up at a disadvantage for a civil lawsuit.
Do not risk these serious consequences. Seek legal guidance from a knowledgeable Chicago criminal defense lawyer. Contact the firm for skilled and dedicated legal defense.