Accidents And Tickets

Car Carma (Car Karma) / Tickets And Accidents:

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Though every state is different, one universal truth is that all tickets remain on your record for five years and affect your insurance rates for three.

Ticket Classifications: These tickets are divided into 3 classifications: minor, major and serious convictions, including criminal acts. All ticket classifications, regardless of demerit points, have the potential to affect your insurance rate.

Parking Tickets: Parking tickets do not affect your driving license, insurance record, and do not appear on your driver record.
The consequence of not paying a parking ticket means that your license plate will not be renewed. In other words, you will not be able to get your renewal “sticker”.

Minor, Major and Serious Tickets: though laws differ from state to state, here’s a list of ticket classifications that affect your insurance rate for minor, major, serious, and criminal convictions:

Minor Tickets
•    Crowding Driver’s Seat
•    Defective Brakes
•    Drivers License Violations
•    Failing To Share The Road
•    Failing To Signal
•    Failure To Use Seatbelts
•    Failing To Yield
•    Failing To Yield To A Pedestrian
•    Failure To Surrender Your License
•    Failure To Produce Evidence Of Insurance
•    Failure To Produce Or Carry Insurance Card
•    Following Too Closely
•    Headlight Offences
•    Improper Driving In A Bus Lane
•    Improper Lane Change
•    Improper Opening Of Door
•    Improper Passing
•    Improper Towing
•    Improper Turn
•    Improper Use Of Divided Highway
•    Insecure Load
•    Obstructing Traffic
•    Overloading
•    Use Of Radar Warning Device
•    Improper Railway Crossing
•    Speeding
•    Stop Sign Infraction
•    Stunting / Drag Racing (Though many states are taking this more seriously of late, resulting in more serious consequences)
•    Traffic Light Infraction
•    Trailer Passenger
•    Unnecessary Noise
•    Unnecessary Slow Driving
•    Unsafe Move
•    Unsafe Or Prohibited Turn
•    Unsafe Vehicle
•    View Obstructed
•    Wrong Way On One Way
•    Obstruction Of View
•    Obstruction Of License Plate
•    Driving without an up to date Inspection Sticker

Major Tickets
•    Failure to Report Damage to Highway Property if you caused the damage
•    Speeding 6 MPH or more over posted speed limit
•    Failing To Report An Accident
•    All Insurance Offenses
•    Operating Your Own Motor Vehicle With No Insurance
•    Driving With No Insurance
•    Produce False Evidence
•    Driving In Contravention Of Restrictions
•    School Zone, Improper Passing Zone
•    School Bus, Improper Passing, Fail To Stop
•    G1 (Beginner’s License) Accompanying Driver’s Fail/Refuse To Provide Breathalyser
•    G1 Driver Unaccompanied By Qualified Driver
•    G1 Accompanied Driver Excess Blood Alcohol
•    G1 Driver With Out Front Seat Passenger
•    G1/G2 Drive With Excess Passengers
•    G1 Driver On Prohibited Highway
•    G1/M1 (M1: Beginner’s Motorcycle License) Driving At Unlawful Hour
•    M1 Driving A Motorcycle With A Passenger
•    M1 Driving A Motorcycle On A Prohibited Highway
•    Speeding in a construction zone is double the fines and points
•    False Statements of Insurance

Serious & Criminal Convictions
•    Driving While Intoxicated (DWI); typically characterized as a Blood Alcohol Level over .8. Also, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is typically a Blood Alcohol of .7 or higher. All of these, however, vary from state to state.
•    Careless Driving; Undue Care Or Attention (varies by degree)
•    Criminal Negligence
•    Dangerous Driving
•    Driving While Under Suspension
•    Failing To Obey Police (Some companies will not see this as chargeable)
•    Failing To Remain At An Accident Scene
•    Motor Manslaughter
•    Racing
•    Refuse Breathalyzer
•    G1/G2 drive with alcohol in blood
•    M1/M2 drive with alcohol in blood
•    All Serious Convictions; Can Be Unspecified

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