Dealing with traffic violations and the ensuing consequences can be extremely stressful, making you wish you had a time machine. Instead of replaying what you wish you had done differently, focus on the future and how you can help yourself overcome the situation and avoid future issues. Here at Kentner Wyatt, we’re here for you as your dedicated Kansas City traffic ticket lawyers.
What Does “Careless” Or “Improper Operation” Mean?
“Careless operation” or “improper operation” refers to when someone operates a vehicle without being careful and making sure to follow all driving rules. Examples of this include driving when under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and failing to pay attention to the road while operating a vehicle. If any damages occur as a result of your misuse of the vehicle, you will be responsible for this.
Can Someone Be Charged With Only “Petty Theft” for Stealing a Car?
Other Kansas City traffic ticket lawyers may tell you otherwise, but the answer is no. Most states consider a theft to be petty when the value of the item stolen is very low. What you should keep in mind is that this varies by area and there are some places that will automatically consider the crime to be grand theft since it involved the taking of a motor vehicle.
Will Getting a Ticket Affect the Cost of My Insurance?
There are several factors that must be taken into account when trying to determine this. It is actually up to the discretion of your insurance carrier. Here are a few things that they may take into consideration when trying to make a determination:
- The specific laws in the state you reside in.
- Whether or not this was your first offense.
- The reason you received a ticket.
- Your driving history.
Once they process this information, they will let you know whether your rate will increase.
Is it Illegal to Talk on a Cell Phone While Driving?
While the specific laws may be different, most states have regulations in place that restrict the use of cell phones while operating a vehicle. There is also a chance that the specific city or town you are in has additional rules that must be followed. It is your responsibility to do your homework and make sure that you are always in compliance. Ignorance of the law will not be an acceptable defense if you are charged with a violation.
Will I Be Responsible if a Relative Steals My Car and Has an Accident?
This will depend on numerous factors, but the most important will be whether they had permission to operate your vehicle. If you have given them implied or express permission to use it and there is a problem, it’s likely that you’ll be on the hook for any damages that occur. In the event that the car was taken without your knowledge, you will have to file a police report to absolve yourself from any type of liability.
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Here at Kentner Wyatt, we are hopeful that you now have a better understanding of how the law works when it comes to operating a vehicle. Keep all of this in mind so you can avoid doing anything that may be considered a violation. For other questions, visit our FAQ page, or request a free consultation.