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Process After a Car Accident

56Do not leave the Scene

Proceeding a car accident, it is important to not leave the scene of the accident until fitting. If you leave the scene of the accident, and any individuals have been injured or killed, there is a possibility you will be facing severe criminal penalties for being a hit and run driver.

Check Up on All Drivers and Passengers

Prior to determining the property damage, be assured that all individuals involved in the accident are okay. If any individuals involved in the accident have been injured, it is important to pursue medical attention. If an injured individual is suffering from neck or back pain, do not move them unless a hazard requires moving the individual, qualified medical help will move the patients otherwise.

Call the Police Immediately

It is crucial to call the police if there has been any physical injury, death, or any property damage. It is important to obtain the name and badge numbers of the officers that have arrived at the scene of the car accident.

Exchange Information

Subsequently following the prior steps you must then exchange information with the other car and drivers. The information that must be exchanged includes:

  • Names of the individuals
  • Phone numbers
  • Home address
  • Driver’s license number
  • License plate number
  • Insurance information

If any passengers were involved in the accident, you must also obtain their information.

Converse with Witnesses

Inquire any information from what the witnesses saw. If it is possible, obtain their names, phone numbers, and place of residence.

Notify Your Insurance Company

Advise your insurance company immediately that you have been involved in a car accident. Comply with the insurance company and let them know the truth about exactly what happen and the degree of the injuries you are facing. Describe the facts of the accident openly. If you lie to your insurance company and they uncover that you were misleading them, there can be serious consequences such as losing the coverage that you would of had for the accident. Receive and inspect any police report that was filed for the purpose of knowing what individual broke what traffic laws and who was at fault.

 

New Wrong Way Signs Show Promise in Preventing Injuries

parI frequently write about the various offenses for which one can be issued a traffic ticket and the consequences that result from them. I do this because I want to help as many people as I can who get traffic tickets to receive a just outcome. I take that responsibility very seriously; after all, this is my job. I would, however, also like to inform other Florida drivers about various subjects that I come across, whether that be new traffic laws, changes to DUI and drug laws, or about the causes and effects of driving behaviors.

There are myriad driving behaviors that result in traffic accidents. Most of these accidents do not end up in injuries to the occupants of the vehicles involved. Unfortunately, a large number of these crashes do result in injuries and deaths every year. We hear or read about them on a nearly daily basis. All accidents are investigated by various law enforcement agencies, especially when a death occurs. Often, accidents that result in a fatality are attributed to speeding, driving while under the influence, or reckless driving.

There is, however, a type of accident that we don’t hear about very often, and those are the accidents that occur as the result of driving the wrong way on a roadway. A 2012 National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) report defines wrong-way driving as, “… vehicular movement along a travel lane in a direction opposing the legal flow of traffic on high-speed, divided highways or access ramps.”

The reason that we don’t hear about this type of traffic accident as frequently as others is because, frankly, they don’t occur as often as some of these other types of accidents do. Even though that is statistically true, they only account for 3% of accidents, they are of particular concern because the mortality rate in wrong-way accidents is tremendously higher than those found in other types of accidents. It is hard to say with certainty why these types of accidents are so much more lethal than many other kinds, but it is surely due to the fact that they are almost exclusively head-on or nearly head-on collisions.

There is also much conjecture as to the actual causes of wrong way accidents. One area of concern is construction sites. No matter what work is being done to roadways, it is very easy to find the changes in traffic patterns to be confusing. I know that there have been times when I have been uncertain of the correct path to travel until I progress closer to the construction site. Changing traffic patterns can be confusing enough, but when traffic is rerouted in an entirely different direction and the correct path to follow becomes unclear, it can be very confusing AND dangerous.

Another issue that may cause these horrific accidents can be that sometimes, access ramps are poorly marked. When this is coupled with some of the odd access interchanges that I have seen, it shouldn’t be surprising that an errant driver thinks he knows the direction he is traveling only to have it end in tragedy. Add other factors to the mix such as poor lighting, having to pass under bridges to get to the correct ramp, and signs that are not always apparent, and you end up with a recipe for disaster.

Research done on this type of accident indicates that alcohol and/or drugs also figure prominently into wrong way crashes. In a report published by the National Traffic Safety Board in 2012, their data showed the approximately 60% of those responsible for wrong way crashes were impaired by either alcohol or drugs with ½ to ¾ of them being caused by those who have a blood alcohol content of.08 or higher.

The drugs involved don’t necessarily mean illicit drugs, but can be prescribed for various illnesses. Even when taking medication correctly, often reactions may vary in individuals. There is also the consideration of how taking multiple medications effect drivers, yet, there is little to no real data that can predict how an individual’s body may react to the combination of medications.

The 2012 report is not the first study that the NTSB has conducted. In fact, they have been investigating the causes and effects of wrong way accidents since 1968. In the most recent study, they gleaned their data by analyzing information from 9 accidents that occurred in various states. Probably the most telling data that the report revealed was the small number of wrong way accidents that occur, yet the great number of fatalities they represent.

Due to the severity of these accidents, the State of Florida is working on coming up with a system to try to prevent these tragedies. Currently, there is a pilot program in the works in 15 locations including the Turnpike’s Homestead extension and Sawgrass Expressway that involves adding flashing lights to let drivers know that they are about to proceed in the wrong direction. This is phase one of what many hope will incorporate a 2 phase process. The second consideration is to install multiple pop-up poles across the lane that read “wrong way.” This is to make the driver realize that he or she is traveling in the wrong direction and make corrections before someone is injured. So far, there has been positive feedback about the program as it has interceded on 10 occasions as vehicles have attempted to travel in the wrong direction.

Turnpike spokesperson Chad Huff said, “I would say the circumstantial evidence is pretty good that the system is having some effect on driving behavior.”

Although Florida is ranked as third in the country for fatalities attributed to these horrendous accidents, is not the first state to try to resolve this issue. Rhode Island, New York, Virginia, and other states have already addressed this serious issue by utilizing similar systems or are considering addressing it by the installation of some type of warning system. One German car manufacturer has even taken strides to install warning systems in a couple of its car models. Each of these methods are different, but I have yet to see data that assesses their success or failure rate.

Unfortunately, when I was researching information for this article, I came across dozens of pictures of automobiles that had been involved in these types of accidents. Some were so horrific that they were virtually unrecognizable as vehicles, and there was little doubt that the crash resulted in someone’s death. The best hope of curtailing this issue is by the installation of some type of warning system which can be done inexpensively. Central Florida will be installing a system in five different locations to a cost of only $300,000. That cost is certainly a bargain when you consider the number of lives it can save.

Cops Are Not Buying It

ryMaybe I have become jaded after working in the field of traffic law for so long, yet it fails to surprise me how easy it is to get a speeding ticket. That doesn’t seem to be the case, however, for many of my clients because just about every client I speak with regarding a speeding ticket seems shocked. Consequently, I often hear exclamations like, “But I was just keeping up with traffic,” or “Well, there were other drivers who were going faster than I was.” Rarely does a client show up at my office who says, “Yeah, man. I was flyin’.”

The problem with these types of justifications is that law enforcement agencies just don’t care. They are there to do a job, and writing speeding tickets is one of the primary responsibilities of that job. As such, they hear every excuse possible, the most frequent of which are ‘just keeping up with traffic’ or ‘I’m late for work.” Consequently, they have become inured to what may seem to the driver like a perfectly reasonable explanation for exceeding the speed limit. This is especially true for drivers who feel like there were other drivers who were traveling at a much greater speed than they were.

This is where the inevitable question of “Why me?” comes into play, and it can be virtually impossible to answer. Maybe it is because you also committed some other infraction that garnered the police officer’s attention such as driving left of center or weaving in and out of traffic. Sometimes it can just be the result of something as seemingly insignificant as the model of car you drive. Sports cars are going to attract a lot more attention than a family sedan. After all, isn’t that the reason you purchased a sports car to begin with? It makes a statement, right? Sometimes, however, that statement can be, “The court date is on the back of your citation. Have a nice day,” says Officer Friendly with a gleam in his eye and a glint reflecting off of his shiny badge.

Another reason that your sports car, or even luxury car, may get pulled over instead of another driver is it may rankle a police officer to see you driving a vehicle that costs more than his annual salary. Well, when you are operating it in a manner contrary to the law, it gives him the opportunity to do something about it. Aw, what sweet justice this is for a cop who may have a chip on his shoulder.

Even the color of your car could be the cause of you being singled out. If you consider that you and the car next to you are both exceeding the speed limit, the other driver is driving a beige minivan and you are in a spiffy, bright yellow vehicle – guess what? You wanted a bright, shiny car because it attracts attention and now you have it. I don’t mean that to sound sarcastic, but it is human nature to be attracted to bright, shiny objects, and yes, cops are human, too.

Whatever the reason may be for you being singled out, be assured that you are not part of an exclusive group. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 41,000,000 drivers receive traffic tickets annually. That figure represents nearly 21 percent of all licensed drivers in the U.S. with more than 112,000 people getting speeding tickets every day at the average cost of a speeding ticket being $152. Do you hear the cha-ching yet?

A 6.2 billion-dollar-per-year industry is quite an incentive for law enforcement agencies across the country to invest a bit of money on hiring more officers and investing in speed detection devices and practices such as air patrols, et cetera. It is also quite a motivating factor for some towns to become notorious speed traps. Being in Florida, most of us have heard about Waldo being a speed trap, obtaining more than 68 percent of the town’s income from speeding tickets, but that is not something that is unique to Florida. The section of Highway 19 which goes through Summersville, West Virginia is also a well-known speed trap, and many of those who have been ticketed refute the charges that they were speeding. There are also approximately a dozen smaller towns in the St. Louis area that have the reputation as being speed trap havens, so much so that the state of Missouri had to intervene.

With the exception of towns like Summersville, where the validity of many speeding tickets is contested by those who received them, there are certain measures that one can take to minimize the risk of getting a speeding ticket – other than the obvious practice of never speeding. These methods are as follows:

• Do not “stand out from the pack.” As I mentioned earlier, avoid flashy vehicles, whether that be brightly colored cars, sports cars, or luxury cars. Sometimes the desire for positive attention can carry with it negative consequences.

• If you are going to exceed the speed limit, the last thing you want to do is be the lead car, no matter how fast the other drivers are going. I can assure you that if there is a cop looking to catch a speeder, the first vehicle he is going to notice is whichever one is out in front. This is another example of how standing out from other vehicles can have negative effects.

• Avoid aggressive driving behaviors. Frequent lane changes, trying to over-take other drivers, rapid acceleration followed up by frequent braking, and so forth are strong indicators to a police officer that you are impatient and probably pose a risk to other drivers. This is the case even if you are not speeding, but they also would indicate that once you extricate yourself from being surrounded by other drivers, you may be a little heavy on the gas pedal.

• You may want to avoid hanging out in the fast lane, too, especially if you are holding up other traffic. This is bound to catch the notice of any police officers looking for speeders, especially if he happens to be one of the drivers you are impeding.

• Always keep an eye out for the cars in front of you. If they begin noticeably slowing down or braking suddenly, they have probably spotted a cop sitting at a speed trap. Let it be one of them and not you that he goes after.

• Buy a radar detector. They are not illegal in the State of Florida and high-end models can be extremely effective and, if you have a lead foot, may well be worth the cost.

• Probably one of the easiest ways to avoid getting a speeding ticket other than to never speed is to scan the roadway, both ahead of you and in your rearview mirror, for police cars. This includes looking for areas that would be a prime choice for a cop to set up a speed trap. This includes areas like breaks in the medians, behind bridge abutments, at the crest of a hill, and so on.

Driving in the Rain in Florida – Don’t Panic

wrRain is just a part of South Florida living. If it weren’t for the volume of the precipitation that we get, this area would not be as lush and beautiful as it is, and it wouldn’t draw the thousands of transplant residents and tourists that it does. Unfortunately, it seems to create panic in a lot of our drivers.

We have all seen this happen. One minute traffic seems to be humming along just fine, then four fat raindrops fall and brake lights start lighting up like Christmas decorations in Times Square. We get A LOT of rain here. Whether its hurricane season or just another of the thunderstorms which seem to occur daily, the chances of you having to drive in wet weather are great. In fact, it happens so frequently that some of us barely even notice these storms anymore.

It is no coincidence that there are so many traffic accidents during or just after a rainstorm. Invariably one of two things happen. Either many drivers have a knee-jerk reaction and start slamming on their brakes, while many others fail to adjust their driving habits to the conditions that exist at the time. The latter of the two reactions can result in the issuance of the notorious “driving too fast for conditions” traffic ticket.

Oh, this is a tricky little ticket. I say that because no matter the circumstances, if you have an accident anywhere in the country, whether due to rain, snow, sun glare, potholes, whatever, you can receive a traffic citation for “driving too fast for conditions.” Isn’t that convenient? It is tantamount to the law saying there is no valid reason for having a traffic accident – you must have just been speeding. This paves the way for a cop to write you an arbitrary traffic citation using very little rule of measure other than his own discretion.

According to Florida GS 316.183, “No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.” There’s that word again that you so often he me hear me quote when I am making reference to Florida traffic laws – prudent.

Ah, prudent. The use of such language in our Florida traffic law statutes makes the interpretation of those laws rather vague and open to individual interpretation. It also makes it easy for cops to find reasons to issue traffic tickets. In some cases, however, it is helpful to a good traffic ticket attorney who can often find loopholes in the validity of your traffic ticket. After all, standards such as “reasonable” and “prudent” are subjective to all parties involved.

You should still seriously consider how you react when it starts raining. Try not to endanger yourself or others by reacting suddenly. Always try to give those around you plenty of warning that you are going to slow down. Slamming on your brakes in a panic only increases the odds of being in a traffic accident.

For those of you who take the approach to a sudden rain storm of “Just continue to drive as usual,” consider modifying your current driving habits so they are better suited to the South Florida weather. Think about the various factors that occur which exist only when it is raining. This includes those drivers that do overreact and also the reduced traction that occurs when there is water on the road. The former results in other drivers not being able to anticipate the actions of someone who gets a little freaked out while driving in the rain – which often leads to car accidents. The latter issue is complicated by not only the loss of traction, but also oil from previous vehicles being lifted off the road surface by the rain. This just makes the break in traction even that much more dangerous.

When it comes to our exciting yet scary tropical storms that we get, there are variables that need to be considered. The volume of rain can be highly unpredictable – those four fat rain drops I mentioned early can evolve into a steady rain one minute and a torrential downpour the next which can obfuscate your view. When you factor in the rolling in of dark clouds suddenly that add to reduced visibility, elderly drivers, teenagers, and the inexperienced tourists who are unsure how to react to our unique weather patterns, and those drivers who just don’t know what to do in bad weather, then our roads and highways take on the semblance of a billiards table.

It can become a trying experience for those of us who are used to Florida’s erratic weather as we play dodgeball on the highways trying to keep away from those drivers who are freaking out or otherwise reacting inappropriately to the conditions. Fortunately for those of us who are accustomed to such hairy driving conditions, there are those who immediately hit their emergency flashers which is the same thing as the driver yelling out the window, “I am a lousy driver who doesn’t know how to drive in poor weather so keep AWAY from me.” No problem, buddy. Quit taking up two lanes, and I will gladly pass you so you are no longer a threat to my well-being.

Obviously, much of what I say here is tongue-in-cheek because I am a huge proponent of safe driving; however, when your fear response is so great that it puts others at extreme risk, please just pull over and allow others to proceed safely. There is nothing so urgent that you need to risk your welfare or that of anyone else. Besides, with the weather in Florida, the likelihood of this storm lasting for an extended period is quite small. Stopping for a soda or bottled water will probably give the storm adequate time to move out of the area. There is no need to point fingers because these drivers know who they are.

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 EasiestTicketSolution.com 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.

Specialization

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.

Experience

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.

U-turns

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!

What Are the Typical Cases Handled by a Traffic Lawyer

laOne of the turning points in a young person’s life is the moment when he/she learns to drive. This signifies a transition to adulthood, responsibilities, and of course, the freedom and independence of having a vehicle. Driving is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced constantly. It is not enough to merely have a working knowledge of how to run the vehicle, it is vital to be fully informed of the rules of the road as well. Everyday roads in nearly every part of the globe are teaming with cars, some roads more than others, as evidenced by the traffic jams.

Driving Experience Level

Each of these cars is being commandeered by a driver with his or her own experience level. How different are each person’s driving style, really? There are two kinds of drivers according to studies:

  1. there are those take the education very seriously and earn their driving license, and end up being expert defensive drivers who are apt in avoiding accidents;
  2. and there are those individuals who seem to have a range of minor or major accidents every now and then. Some folks might call it luck, since the second type of driver considerably impacts all other drivers.

These are the types that are often in need of some expert guidance or legal advice from a traffic attorney.

Common Traffic Violations

The most typical traffic violations that drivers experience involve: parking violations, moving violations and various illegal vehicular or transport activities. Reckless endangerment of self, passengers or pedestrians, or driving under the influence are just some of the examples of illegal activities while driving. These types of road violations and their accompanying penalties vary depending on location or state. These violations can include the absence of child seats for safety, the absence of seat belts for drivers or passengers, the use of handheld mobile devices, and so on.

Traffic lawyer Assistance

However, across the United States, there are many moving, parking and traffic violations each day which need the assistance or guidance of a licensed traffic attorney. No parking zones, improper implementation of car signals, failure to stop for signs or red lights and improper turns are the most regularly ticketed driving violations. There are of course more severe violations that involve harming or threatening the lives of other people – driving without headlights at night, improper lane changes and lack of signals, or erratic driving regardless of reason. These instances can cause a drive to hit another vehicle or person by the road.

Road Safety First

There are numerous instances that can influence your case, and thus the hearing of your case in court. A driver’s background is essential to his case, and every detail will be scrutinized; so always bear in mind the consequences of failing to abide to any of the rules of the road whether, you are moving or parking. One wrong move can affect your life or someone else’s for the rest of your lives.

 

What Can a Traffic Lawyer Do for You

traWhenever you are having problems with the law, it is crucial to find a lawyer that will best suit your particular needs, to have a better chance of winning your court case; at the same time, you can avoid paying a heavy fine, among other penalties, or – if you are aiming for this – you can get a compensation for yourself. You will need a criminal layer for criminal court cases, while for divorce settlement, you will need a divorce lawyer.

The Type of Lawyer To Choose

It is extremely important to select the right type of lawyer that will be fit for the particular area of law involved in your case. This way, you can be sure that this lawyer has enough significant experience and expertise to help you in winning your case – which is better than having a wide range of knowledge that has less depth.

Role of Traffic Lawyers

When it comes to parking tickets and disputes over car accidents, traffic lawyers can provide help in these circumstances. In case you are caught speeding or violating a traffic rule, but you believe that it is not your fault, you can ask the help of a traffic lawyer to defend you so that you will not get marks on your license, plus you will not have to pay an expensive fine.

How Can Traffic Lawyers Help?

In any of the aforementioned situations, traffic lawyers can assist in several, different ways. When it comes to speeding ticket cases, there are several loopholes that can let you find a way out. For example, if a speed sign or a road sign appears to be unreadable or may be hard to decipher, you can argue that you are not aware of the speed limit and this can help prevent you from getting a ticket.

Various Circumstances

Traffic lawyers can provide help in a lot of related cases, since many times, drivers pay for speeding tickets which they should not pay for; furthermore, if they lose their license in the process, it will significantly change their lives for the worse. When it comes to road accidents, a traffic lawyer can either come to your defense or prosecute another party in a civil case. In such cases, the role of a criminal lawyer may coincide with that of a traffic lawyer, where you may be prosecuted for causing a crime while driving, like hit and run.

Evidences That Work to Your Advantage

If you are not guilty, there are a lot of small pieces of evidence which can work to your advantage. As an example, a spot on the street can let the court know where you stepped on the break or your exact trajectory. At the same time, witnesses and CCTV can add more to the evidences, as they show clear details with regards to the damage to property and vehicles. You will definitely find a traffic lawyer helpful in listing the names of possible witnesses, including their numbers and any other details that may be significant, later on. If you want to have positive results in your court case, you should definitely seek a traffic lawyer to help you with your legal issues.