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Speeding Cameras in Alabama

Mar 30, 2023 | Car Accidents

Alabama uses speeding cameras to catch those driving their vehicles over the speed limit. This camera footage could provide valuable evidence that either helps or hurts your claim, depending on the circumstances of your case.

How Do Speeding Cameras Work in Alabama?

Alabama uses speeding and red-light cameras to help police officers monitor traffic violations. The cameras are intended to reduce the number of speeding violations across the state. Generally, these traffic cameras will only be triggered if a driver passes by the camera while going over the posted speed limit. However, it is not uncommon for traffic cameras to be triggered by other factors.

To send you a ticket, the camera will take a photo of your license plate or a video of the scene seconds before and after you pass the speeding camera. Police officers and law enforcement officials can send traffic tickets to drivers, even if they did not formally stop for a speeding violation.

The Cost Of a Speeding Ticket

When you receive a ticket for speeding in Alabama, the ticket’s cost will go beyond the fine associated with the traffic violation.

Generally, including administrative fees, you could be expected to pay up to $110 for a speeding ticket. However, other factors, like how much faster than the limit you were driving or the number of tickets on your record, could impact the amount you are fined for speeding.

In addition to the speeding ticket, the violation will go on your driving record if you plead guilty. Alabama uses a driver’s license points system to keep track of offenders and set insurance rates.

Having more points on your driver’s license might increase your auto insurance premiums and could put you at risk for license suspension or revocation.

You could also face criminal charges if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident, a crash with another vehicle, or you caused someone severe bodily injury or death because you were driving over the speed limit.

A Speeding Ticket Could Either Help or Hurt Your Claim

If you got in a wreck with another car, and a speeding camera captured the whole thing, this could either strengthen or weaken your claim for compensation. You might be partially or entirely at fault for the accident if the traffic camera reveals that you were speeding at the time of the crash.

However, if you believe the other driver was speeding, your attorney could retrieve this camera footage to prove that fact, which could increase your payout. As you can see, this valuable piece of evidence could significantly influence the outcome of your case.

Should You Dispute a Speeding Ticket?

If you got in an accident and received a speeding camera ticket, you should try to dispute it. If successful, the incident shouldn’t have an effect on the outcome of your case.

Fortunately, there are a couple of ways you can fight back when you have received a speeding camera ticket, including the following:

  • You were not the person operating the vehicle when the traffic camera was triggered by speeding
  • The traffic cameras in question were used improperly
  • The traffic cameras in question were not correctly marked as required by law
  • The traffic camera’s automated system triggered the traffic violation, not an act of speeding

Get Help From a Personal Injury Lawyer in Alabama Today

If you believe the at-fault driver who hit you was speeding, your attorney could use traffic camera footage to strengthen your claim. Reach out to an experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer at Belt, Bruner & Barnett PC, for a no-cost, risk-free consultation today.

Fill out our online contact form or call us at 205-933-1500 so we can begin investigating your case today.