Monthly Archives: February 2016

Beverly Hills Now Has Red Light Cameras

stWhile most cities in California have stopped issuing red light camera tickets, Beverly Hills is just starting to use them. And the California legislature is considering outlawing them altogether.

These tickets seem hard to fight – because they have your picture driving your car running a red light! In addition, the fine is really expensive at about $500.

Now that California changed the rules and you no longer have to pre-pay your fine in order to fight a traffic ticket in California you need to know if it is worth fighting one of these tickets.

It is possible to fight a camera ticket. First, note that the light was yellow when you crossed the near side limit line. The automated enforcement notice you received provided two data boxes with information about the alleged offense. One of these boxes indicates a record of how long the light was red before your vehicle passed over certain embedded sensors in the road. The relevant section of the Vehicle Code mentions the limit line only and makes no mention of embedded sensors.

If you know you crossed the limit line on yellow then you have a defense based on the location of the sensors. The embedded sensors are not located under the limit line. If they were actually embedded at that location, an automatic photo would not have been taken because you crossed the limit line on yellow, not red. The first data box only indicates how long the light was red when you crossed over the sensors, not that the light was red when you crossed the limit line.

Second, automated enforcement utilizing road sensors constitute a speed trap in violation of the Vehicle Code. In California, no peace officer may use a speed trap for any alleged violation of the California Vehicle Code. A speed trap includes any measured length of a road with marked boundaries so that the speed of a vehicle may be calculated by determining the time it takes the vehicle to travel that known distance. Automated enforcement systems are speed traps because their sensors measure the speed of your car as you cross a measured distance in the road. The speed of your vehicle was allegedly determined by a time-distance calculation between embedded sensors on a particular section of highway. Since the distance between these sensors had to be known to determine your speed, a speed trap was used as a basis for your citation.

Now, because you don’t have to pay first, there is no reason not to try to fight your ticket. But it’s hard to show up at traffic court and expect to win.

There is an alternative that is becoming known to more and more people. You can use the option of a “Trial by Declaration.” A Trial by Declaration is known as the best way to fight a traffic ticket in California. Rather than having to take your valuable time to go to court, you can simply mail in two forms and have a better chance to win than any other strategy.

Not only is simple and fast, it only cost $22. The other sites cost between $25 and $200 and give you nothing more for all that extra money. And they don’t collect or save your personal information. It is, by far, the easiest ticket solution!

Key Pointers of Hiring an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer

rwwGetting entitled to a justified compensation for the accidental injuries is the best solution to overcome the severe aftermath of an accident. Filing for an injury lawsuit in the court helps to get a legal verdict of the suffered damages. However, ascertaining the amount of compensation is a crucial task and for doing that, it is ideal to take professionalized help. Hence, as the ideal course of action, hiring a reputed lawyer enables the injured person to deal with the court proceedings in the systematic way.

Estimating the Compensation Amount

While calculating the compensation amount, a skilled lawyer minutely examines all the expenses and damages suffered by the victim. The key points related to it are:

• Medical Expenses: This kind of expenses mainly includes the ambulance fees, doctor visits, hospital visits, cost of medicines, in-home care services and many more.

• Pain and suffering: It includes the physical and mental distress due to the injuries.

• Lost wages: This includes any kind of lost work or wages because of the accident and health-care appointments.

• Loss of earning capacity: It refers to the loss of ability to work in the future because of prolonged impairments suffered by the victim.

• Special damage: It covers all the monetary losses due to occurrence of the accident.

The lawyer details about every aspect of the case and depending on the severity and proceedings of the case. They offer adequate legal counsel to the clients and educate them about the possible outcome of the case. However, not all lawyers have the same skill and knowledge and thus, before hiring a lawyer it is beneficial to note certain valuable points.


The most crucial point while hiring a lawyer is to check that whether the hired lawyer have specialized knowledge in the particular line of work. Retaining a lawyer who has relevant experience in resolving critical aspects of truck accident cases is the right choice to file a personal injury claim.


The hired attorney should have sound experience in dealing with personal injury lawsuits related to truck accident cases. Seek for a lawyer who has a good track record in offering successful resolution to the victims of such cases.

Strategic Focus

A skilled attorney must apprehend the case with a strategic focus that leads the case to a proper direction. Hiring a lawyer who suggests a range of alternative strategies to present the case is beneficial to secure the interests.

There are a lot of complications involved with truck accident law. It might involve legal theories related to negligence, product liability and personal injury. Hence, taking specialized consultation from a legal expert helps the victim to prove the legal standpoint.

Traffic Congestion Impacts Economic Growth

reeSouth Florida is notorious for its traffic congestion, as anyone who has ever visited here has experienced first-hand. This is a stone-cold fact for those of us who live here and who have to slog through a morass of motor vehicles everyday while insufflating the collective miasma of noxious fumes they create. That is just a part of the South Florida lifestyle that many of us have become used to dealing with, right? (Not that it makes it an enjoyable part of life.)

More than just simple congestion, gridlock – generally referring to a vehicle or vehicles that get stuck in a traffic intersection as a result of stationary surrounding traffic – is a chronic problem in many South Florida cities. It is, therefore, a situation we all have surely found ourselves in at one time or another in our driving careers. In South Florida, however, it seems to have taken on an expanded meaning.

The term is often used conversationally to imply the hindrance of progress of any type; however, over the last few years, many cities in our fair region seem to be suffering from a form of economic gridlock, changing our traditional understanding of the term. Stay with me here because this may sound terribly contradictory, but sometimes prosperity ends up stifling economic growth. As strange as that may sound, that seems to be what is occurring here – economic gridlock which stems from the very literal gridlock that comes from the inundation of traffic.

Based upon a recent survey conducted by the Miami Herald, the last three or four years have seen tremendous expansion in Florida. Obviously population growth and a continued influx of people moving to the area are two major factors for this expansion. However, another significant cause of this expansion is the inevitable, if somewhat slow-moving, recovery from our most recent recession.

It is unquestionably part of the economic cycle of a recession or depression that there will eventually be an uptick in the economy. When this occurs, the job market rebounds, unemployment falls, lay-offs cease, and spending increases. As such, we frequently find that traffic increases substantially. After all, more people are commuting to work and are more willing to spend money on things that seem frivolous during times of financial stress.

Much of the data gleaned by the survey showed that this explosion of traffic that has occurred in just a few short years and is closely aligned with the prosperity of the area. Unfortunately, it also draws a parallel between the economic boom that has occurred since the last recession and a reduction of financial growth among many urban businesses.

Think about what the downtown areas of most major Florida cities have to offer. Nightclubs, hotels, art centers, world-class shopping – these are all industries that draw people to metropolitan areas not just from miles around, but even from other regions or states. It’s fun, exciting, and where all the action seems to be occurring. You know – bright lights, big city and all of that – but the problems come in when the population exceeds the metro area’s ability to accommodate the masses; especially when those masses usually arrive in cars.

Any trip to “downtown” usually takes quite a bit of planning, especially as far as time management goes. Many of us may like the excitement that awaits us, but the headache of getting there can be off-putting. Now, most of you may be thinking about the challenges that parking downtown present, but there is much more to consider than just limited parking or poor parking choices.

With an ever-expanding attempt to keep up with demand, there are very few city centers that are not undergoing construction as the infrastructure scrambles to not just keep up with demand, but to, in fact, catch up with it. This widening of roads, construction of adequate parking lots or garages, installation of traffic lights, et cetera are all projects that frequently take a long time to plan and implement. This becomes problematic when demand due to growth exceeds the time to complete these projects.

The resulting disparity leads to a lot of frustration; consequently, sometimes drivers decide that it is just not worth the hassle to drive downtown, struggle to find a place to park, ensure they have the correct funds for parking, and navigate around construction projects just to catch the 10 percent off sale at ‘Bob’s Boot Barn’. When you factor in that housing is much more difficult to find and much less affordable the closer you get to metro areas, a long commute to these downtown businesses becomes even less attractive.

According to the Herald’s survey, many employers feel that extended commute times for employees that result from overwhelming traffic also have a significant influence on the health of their businesses. Well-qualified employees may be hesitant to commute from suburban areas to work in downtown, or if they do so, employers must be able to offer incentives to entice better qualified employees. These incentives may include benefits or salaries which the business may not be able to afford, or at the very least, cut deeply into the profits, therefore the financial health, of the company.

Heavy traffic can also often be the cause of habitual lateness on the part of employees, according to the survey. The average commute time in many major South Florida cities has increased to just over 30 minutes which is five minutes longer than the national average. You may be thinking, “Well, that’s only five more minutes,” but keep in mind that is ten minutes a day and equals nearly an hour a week that is added to the drive time of South Florida drivers.

This makes it easy to understand the frustration of so many drivers, leading them to make poor driving decisions that result in traffic tickets, especially speeding tickets. Ask any police officer what excuse he hears most when he pulls over a driver who was speeding, and he will invariably tell you that the driver stated he or she was running late for work.

What Can a Traffic Lawyer Do for You

r44Driving in the US is a both a rewarding and disciplining experience. The various laws governing safe and responsible use of highways are enforced strictly, and it is never a good idea to break even minor laws such as using a carpool lane as a normal passing lane. Follow all road signage, stop the car fully when directed, and do not honk unnecessarily- some cities forbid the use of horns. Additionally, it is vital that your vehicle is insured, since court penalties for even minor damages and scrapes can be exceedingly high.

That being said, let’s go over some of the basic driving laws in America.

Right handed driving

All traffic drives on the right side of the road, that is, the left side is reserved for overtaking. This ought to be easy enough for most people from Europe and several Asian countries, but can be quite confusing for those not used to this rule. Although rules for turning at junctions may sound confusing, simply follow the signs – RIGHT LANE, MUST TURN RIGHT, means just that. Remember to signal while changing lanes, even though few Americans do it. It will help you do away with any mistakes that you make while turning at junctions. As always, follow the traffic signals, since they provide the easiest guides about turning and deferring to other drivers.

For unsignalized intersections, a simple rule of first-come-first-served is applied. The cars get to cross the intersection in the same order in which they approached it. At a red light, you may be able to turn right, but only if it is not expressly prohibited by a “NO RIGHT TURN” panel.


To reach a shop or any place on the other side of the road, you will have to make a U-turn. This could prove to be difficult for beginners, since traffic is approaching from the opposite direction, and the asphalt portion on which you can make a U-turn is marked only at intervals (it is not continuous). You must take care to slow down before making the turn, and wait until the opposite incoming traffic thins out sufficiently for you to safely enter the stream. Don’t undertake this maneuver on roads where a “NO U-TURN” sign is present.

Speed Limits and School Zones

You must be wary of the legal speed limit for driving. A general speed of 55 mph to 65 mph will be suitable for most long-distance drives, whereas a speed of around 35 mph is safe for inner-city areas. As you move towards residential areas and school zones, you have to be extremely careful!

During the times schoolchildren are likely to be on the roads, orange flashing lights will signal you to reduce your speed, typically from 15 mph to 25 mph. A sheriff is likely to be observing motorists during this time, so follow all the rules and keep your speed low!