Accidents happen, and car accidents are inevitable even if you burden yourself with several precautions. A millisecond’s distraction can cause a devastating car crash. So, what if you regain control of the vehicle or are tackled by a reflex toward restricting a going-to-be car accident? Can you get in trouble for almost causing an accident?
What the Laws Say?
- There are typically several parties involved in car crashes. You will not suffer any consequences if the responsible party is not you.
- Nobody can be charged for a possible occurrence that didn’t happen.
- There is no legal regulation for any almost-causing accident criteria.
- You are totally at fault for an “almost” accident; you will not face any problem if there was no cop and the other parties also didn’t inform the police about your reckless driving.
Still, there are some factors associated with “almost” accidents, and those can create problems for you.
How Can You Get in Trouble for Almost Causing an Accident?
Even if there is no accident, you may still receive a ticket or face legal consequences for the reasons listed below.
1. Driving a Car with a Mechanical Problem
If the almost-accident scenario happens in a busy location, surely the police will question you. In this process, if they find out that you are driving a car with a mechanical fault like a brake issue, an accelerator problem, a dysfunctional indicator, etc., you will receive a ticket or warning. For instance, your left indicator has not worked for a couple of days, and you couldn’t visit the auto repair shop for business.
Surprisingly, you haven’t faced any consequences through pure luck. However, an impending accident will draw attention to your vehicle, and if the police notice this, they will issue a ticket. The solution is simple: always keep your car in good working order. It is not only essential for restricting accidents but also for your safety.
2. Reckless Driving
As humans, sometimes our minds look for adventures. Imagine that you are trying to bring “Fast & Furious”-like crazy driving on the road, changing lanes here and there, breaking hard unnecessarily, playing with others’ driving skills, and many more. And, with this reckless driving attitude, you just going to cause an accident but tackled.
What will happen, do you think? Surely, the police will stop you, and you may face some serious consequences. Avoid any racing tendencies while driving. Remember, racing is for race tracks, and performing it on the road means you are endangering many people’s lives.
3. Breaking Speed Limit
There is already a rule for breaking the speed limit. If you violate this and are involved in a near-collision, you will receive a ticket. Here, two common scenarios are observable. Firstly, the police can charge you for not following traffic regulations. Secondly, if there is no police presence and the other party informs police, police can charge you after analyzing the footage. We love speed, but it doesn’t mean we have to break the law. Just go to the highway, where 120 mph is allowed.
4. Just Missed a Traffic Signal
Either for being in a hurry or for negligence, you just missed a traffic signal or sign and survived a going-to-be hit. Surely, you will get into trouble for almost causing an accident. Even if you are not responsible for the “Almost” case, police will consider you more guilty than the other party due to breaking a traffic signal or sign a moment ago.
Thus, you are going to receive a fine. Traffic signals and signs are measures of road traffic safety. Those should never be broken in any case. By maintaining those, you might arrive late for a meeting or class, but you would save lives.
5. Driving in Intoxicated Condition
Though there is no accident, still the police will ask for reasonings on the spot. If you are intoxicated (by alcohol or any sort of hard drug), surely the conversation will reveal that. By sensing that you were driving in an intoxicated condition, authorities can charge you according to the law. Always say “no” to drinking and driving.
6. Avoiding Another Accident
There are times when you try to save a careless pedestrian, another car, running pets, or wrongly placed objects. Such attempts force you to do some unconventional wheeling and take prompt actions, which can create a going-to-hit condition. For this, by getting a detailed elaboration, police will obviously let you go. In this kind of case, you usually save the life of a kid, senior citizen, or pet.
We expect that you now understand how can you get in trouble for almost causing an accident. Still, there are some cases that are beyond judgment. For instance, if you almost hit a passerby, but he or she jumped to save themselves and received some injury, the resolution is complicated. However, you should stop your vehicle and check with the person to mitigate the issue.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do I have to mention an accident if it wasn’t my fault?
The answer is “yes.” You need to mention it to get an insurance claim and to assist in maintaining road safety measures.
What should I do if I have a minor car accident?
Stop immediately, check your vehicle’s condition, and also check with the other driver to find out if they are OK or not.
So I have to report a small bump?
Yes. Any minor collision issues need to be reported as per the insurance policy.
He is an associate at Car Law Info. Also focuses on car accident litigation, personal injury cases and any damage compensation reporting with a special emphasis on car insurance defense.