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September 29, 2021

Consequences of Distracted Driving

When you’re on the road, it may be tempting to take a peek at the group chat, or send a quick message to a friend, or to otherwise use your phone behind the wheel. The problem is, that can be a dangerous habit, and it can end in a traffic ticket or, worse, a car accident. 

As more states focus on distracted driving as a common cause of car accidents, you may need to speak with a Denver car accident lawyer about your own case. If you’ve been pulled over for distracted driving, here are the consequences you may face if you’re charged. 

Fines and Financial Penalties 

When you’re pulled over for a traffic violation, you can expect some financial penalties to come with your traffic ticket. You could find yourself paying hundreds of dollars for your ticket. This fine is meant to punish you for driving distracted, and it’s meant to deter future actions like this. 

But it’s not just the traffic ticket fines that may harm your future. You may also face other financial penalties, like increases to your insurance policy. Even if you’re an otherwise careful driver, a traffic ticket can leave you with higher premiums, making it more difficult to maintain the cost of your vehicle. 

Points on Your License 

When you’re pulled over for distracted driving, your traffic ticket is more than a fine. It may also include points on your license. But what does that mean for you? 

At first, a point on your license may not come with severe penalties. But those points add up over time, and they can impact your license status. For example, if you reach twelve points within a year, your license will likely be suspended. That leaves you relying on family, friends, and public transportation just to get around. 

Jail Time

Typically, a distracted driving ticket comes with a fine and points on your license. While those penalties can be hefty, they’ll not likely impact your life severely. 

But if this isn’t your first offense, you will face harsher penalties. Drivers who were distracted and caused an accident are subject to an even greater severity of penalties. For example, if you were accused of texting and driving, and you were involved in an accident that injured another person, you may face a year in prison. That can completely disrupt your life and your future if you don’t defend your case. 

Avoid Distracted Driving Penalties with a Lawyer 

If you were accused of distracted driving, you’ll have a hard time avoiding the penalties. Those fines can impact your financial health, and jail time can disrupt your job, your family, and your future. That leaves you struggling to protect yourself and your family over a traffic ticket. 

The lawyers at Justice for Colorado are here to help protect your future. If you’ve been accused of distracted driving, together we can fight the ticket and get the penalties reduced or dismissed. If you’re ready to learn more about our traffic ticket services, reach out for guidance by calling 303-647-9691 or by completing the online contact form below. 

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