Traffic Ticket Attorney
Speeding is one of the most common traffic violations that drivers commit. If you recently received a speeding ticket, you may worry about paying a heavy fine and having your car insurance rates go up.. However, just because you were issued a ticket, doesn’t mean that you will be convicted. You can challenge your ticket.
Common Defenses for Speeding Tickets
You Weren’t Speeding
This is perhaps the most basic defense for speeding. You may argue that you actually weren’t driving as fast as the police officer said you were. You were driving within the speed limit. Sight is a common way police officers determine how fast motorists are driving. They sit at a standstill and estimate a passing driver’s speed. Sometimes they are not accurate, however. For example, the officer may have not seen the vehicle clearly or lack training in speed estimation.
Police officers also frequently use speed measuring devices to pull over speeding drivers. While these devices are accurate at determining speed, they may not always be accurate. If the device isn’t calibrated regularly, it can skew the results.
You Had an Emergency
Sometimes people may drive above the speed limit because they have a legitimate emergency. For instance, someone may be chasing you and trying to harm you. Or perhaps you had to take someone to the emergency room. If you drove above the speed limit due to an emergency, you must provide proof of that emergency. If you, for instance, had to take someone to the hospital, you can submit medical records.
Speed Limit Signs Weren’t Clear
In some situations, motorists don’t realize that they’re speeding because there are no clear speed limits. For example, if the speed limit sign was hidden by a tree, you may be able to use that as your defense and get your ticket dismissed.
It Was the Wrong Vehicle
If you are traveling in heavy traffic, the radar can mistakenly ping your car for speeding. In reality, it was a nearby vehicle that was speeding. If this is the case, you may be able to argue to the judge that the radar was not attributed to the proper vehicle.