Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid Accident

General Speed Restrictions
The controlling Illinois Statute is 625 ILCS 5/11‑601(a) which provides:

“The fact that the speed of a vehicle does not exceed the applicable maximum speed limit does not relieve the driver from the duty to decrease speed when approaching and crossing an intersection, approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, or when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.”

Speeding with reference to posted speed limits is defined in 625 ILCS 5/11-601(b) which provides:

“No person may drive a vehicle upon any highway of this State at a speed which is greater than the applicable statutory maximum speed limit established by paragraphs (c), (d), (e), (f), or (g).”


While this offense is a petty offense, the fines run up to $1,000. You may also be ordered to do public service work or driver safety school. It is important to note that a plea of guilty may be used against you in a civil case that arose out of an accident. Whereas, a bench or jury trial that you are found guilty in cannot be used against you, a plea of guilty constitutes an admission of guilt that may be introduced against you in the civil matter.

Contact Defense Attorney David W. Lawler

The state treats all traffic offenses as very serious matters. At the Lawler Brown Law Firm we understand that our legal representation must tailor to your specific life situation. You should feel confident in knowing you hired the right Defense Attorney to best represent your specific needs. No attorney can guarantee the outcome of a case. But rest assured, I will fight to ensure the best possible resolution in your case. Contact our office today for a FREE consultation.

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