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What is a Hazardous Moving Violation?

Hazardous moving violations are dangerous traffic offenses that jeopardize the safety of pedestrians and drivers. These violations cover basic driving techniques and actions that potentially jeopardize road safety.

Common examples of hazardous moving violations include speeding, running red lights, and tailgating. Penalties for hazardous moving violations are significant and can include fines, points on the driving record, and even a driver’s license suspension.

It is essential for drivers to be aware of these potential dangers and avoid engaging in them. Obeying the speed limit and obeying traffic laws can help reduce traffic accidents and injuries, but there’s more to it.

In this article, we aim to give you a solid understanding of hazardous moving violations, including the penalties involved, and to show you how our law firm can assist. 

If you or someone you know has been charged with a hazardous moving violation, we’re here to help. At Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, we practice criminal and traffic law, so we have the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the complexities of hazardous traffic violation cases effectively.

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Understanding the Basics

Hazardous moving violations go beyond simple mistakes on the road. They involve fundamental driver techniques and behaviors that put both the driver and others at risk. Studies show that vehicle moving violations play a significant role in traffic accidents and deaths, making up 56% of fatal crashes in the United States alone.

Let’s take a look at some real-life examples of hazardous moving violations specific to the state of Missouri:

  • All speeding offenses

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

  • Tailgating

  • Infractions related to Traffic Control Devices

  • Safety belt violations

  • Violations of failing to yield right-of-way 

  • Signaling violations

  • Lane Violations 

  • Passing Violations (All)

  • Making incorrect turns

  • Running red lights

These actions are considered hazardous moving violations due to the potential danger they pose to drivers and others on the road. For instance, speeding offenses involve traveling at unsafe speeds given the current road, traffic, or weather conditions. Tailgating involves following another vehicle too closely, which can increase the likelihood of a rear-end collision. Distracted driving involves any activities that can take the driver’s attention away from the road, such as talking on the phone or texting. These actions can lead to serious accidents that may cause serious injuries or even death.

How Hazardous Moving Violations Differ from Other Violations

One of the critical differences between hazardous moving violations and other traffic violations is the risk of accidents they pose. Hazardous moving violations are more likely to result in severe or fatal accidents. They also carry a heavier fine and can have more serious consequences, such as points on your license or a license suspension.

Understanding the Basics

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Consequences and Penalties

It’s important to note that Missouri has no specific “reckless” driving law. Instead, it’s referred to as “careless and imprudent” driving. According to Statute 304.012, drivers should be extra cautious when behind the wheel. As such, a person can face charges for “careless and imprudent” actions that threaten the safety of others on the road.

If you plead guilty or are convicted of careless and imprudent driving, you will receive 2 to 4 points on your driving record.

Additionally, it’s a misdemeanor charge. Careless and imprudent driving without causing a collision is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and fines up to $1,000.

If there is an accident involved, the maximum penalty is a $2,000 fine and a year in jail, and it becomes a Class A misdemeanor.

The driver could potentially face felony charges if an accident caused by careless and reckless driving results in significant property damage, serious physical harm, or death. The driver could also be held liable for any medical bills, lost income, and other expenses related to the accident. Furthermore, the driver may face civil charges filed by the victims.

Impact on Driving Record

If you get convicted of careless and imprudent driving in Missouri, it’ll stay on your driving record for three years (four years for commercial drivers and five years if your driver’s license gets suspended). However, there are other consequences to think about, too. Your auto insurance rates could go up, and it might cause some employment hurdles, especially if your job involves driving.

If you ever face careless and imprudent driving charges in this state, it’s crucial to contact dedicated Missouri criminal attorneys for guidance and support. Your lawyer should help you prevent an imprudent and careless driving ticket from negatively affecting your driving record or criminal history. At Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, we handle these cases regularly and would happily assist you.

What Is the Most Common Moving Violation?

While the specific moving violations may differ from state to state, speeding usually takes the top spot as the most common traffic offense. Surprisingly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is a factor in about one-third of all fatal crashes in the US. Plus, not following red lights or stop signs, making improper turns, and driving without valid licenses or insurance are common moving violations.

Entrusting Your Case to Experienced Criminal Law Attorneys

Hazardous moving violations are a serious threat to road safety, with the potential for devastating consequences. It’s essential to fully understand the seriousness of these violations and differentiate them from regular traffic offenses. In Missouri, breaking these rules can result in harsh penalties, ranging from misdemeanors to felony charges, depending on the severity of the offense and its impact.

Dealing with a conviction can have wide-ranging consequences, impacting insurance rates and job opportunities. That’s why it’s so important to have trustworthy legal help on your side. At Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, we focus on criminal and traffic law, which means we have the knowledge and experience to provide quality defense for your case.

Don’t let a careless and reckless driving ticket tarnish your driving record or criminal history. We’re here to provide guidance, support, and strong representation. You can trust us to help you avoid the consequences of dangerous moving violations and provide the legal assistance you need.

Contact our Springfield office for a free consultation, and let us help you navigate this complex legal landscape. 

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