Philadelphia Improper Backing Lawyer
Improper backing is classified under Pennsylvania law, as any kind of backing that is unsafe for the driver; other motorists on the road or that can interfere with traffic. This type of driving infraction is considered a type of moving violation, and if an individual is found guilty, they could be facing costly fines and receive demerit points on their driving record. These types of moving violations are taken so seriously by law enforcement due to their high nature of risk causing accidents and injuries to other civilians. Anytime you get a citation that carries points, you should hire an attorney to help you either beat the case or downgrade your case to a no point violation, in order to avoid both increased insurance premiums and .the potential suspension of your license which may be issued if you accrue to many points.
Did you receive a ticket for improper backing? In Pennsylvania, a person is issued an improper backing citation if they back a motor vehicle without taking certain safety precautions. The statute specifically states:
Limitations on Backing
- General Rule. – No driver shall back a vehicle unless the movement can be made with safety, and without interfering with other traffic, and then only after yielding the right-of-way to moving traffic and pedestrians
- Limited access highways. – No driver shall back a vehicle upon any shoulder or roadway of any limited access highway
The general rule on these cases are, if you put your car in reverse, and other cars have to react to you, you can be issued a citation. These citations are usually issued when an accident occurs. For example, a person can back their car into a pole, or other car in a parking lot, and be issued a citation for improper backing. You may also be cited if you hit a pedestrian while backing up. In a few limited cases, a police officer will charge you with this section if you try to back out of a driveway, and into a street.
Penalties for Improper Backing
If you plead guilty or are convicted of this citation, you will have three points assessed to your license. You will also be required to pay all fines and costs associated with the ticket. Finally, any citation you receive may also have collateral consequences. These consequences can include higher insurance rates, a potential license suspension, and in the case of an accident, liability on your part for the accident.
Should I Hire an Attorney?
Anytime you get a citation that carries points, you should hire an attorney to help you either beat the case or downgrade your case to a no point violation. An attorney can help you figure out if there are any collateral consequences to your ticket, and advise you of any potential defenses. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. have decades of experience handling these types of cases. Contact us today for a free consultation.
This content was written on behalf of an experienced Philadelphia auto accident lawyer Greg Prosmushkin.