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How to Avoid a Traffic Ticket

Living in north Orange County and commuting to South Orange County during the week, I see a lot of people being pulled over on the road. I have to admit, sometimes I am surprised that since living here, I have not been pulled over or gotten a ticket (knock on wood). On my way in this morning, I saw at least three people pulled over onto the side of the freeway; and it looked that they had been pulled over. So, I got to thinking, since I work for an auto accident lawyer here in Southern California, how exactly can people avoid getting a traffic ticket? Below, I have done some research on how to avoid getting a traffic ticket. If you have bene in an accident, contact a car accident attorney in our office today. Consultations are free!

Auto Accident Lawyer | Avoiding Traffic Tickets 101

Did you know that millions of traffic tickets are issued every year? Did you also know that even one speeding ticket can increase insurance premiums for several years? And multiple violations can push your rates through the roof or you may even be dropped from your insurance plan altogether. Luckily, a lot of these tickets can be avoided and below, a car accident attorney at Silverthorne Attorneys goes over some ways to avoid tickets!

First Thing’s First | Obeying the Rules of the Road

One of the most important things you can do to avoid a ticket is to obey the rules of the road. Don’t break traffic laws and you won’t get a ticket. Easier said than done; especially at the end of the month. With that being said, ignorance is no excuse. And what I have seen from my road trip is: traffic laws vary from state to state; sometimes town to town. Therefore, do some research before you head out.

Defensive Driving!!

We have covered this a lot lately. Defensive driving techniques are so important when you are not only avoiding accidents, but you will likely avoid a ticket. Aggressive and/or erratic driving not only irritates other drivers, it also puts you and others at risk. Even if you are not breaking any laws, weaving in and out of traffic and being aggressive will most definitely get attention from the California Highway Patrol.

Wear Your Seat Belt

Another topic we have touched on recently is the importance of wearing your seat belt. Not only for your safety when you are driving, but it’s the law. And there are steep fines if you are pulled over and you are not wearing your seat belt. Also, there is no excuse for not wearing your seat belt.

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Car Accident Attorney | Getting Pulled Over

If you do happen to get pulled over, remember to be polite and know protocol:

  • when the officer comes to your window, be respectful and have your license, registration, and insurance ready to hand them;
  • don’t start an argument or act irritated;
  • pull over when you see that the police officer is signaling for you to do so
    • if you have to pull over to the side of the road, use the right shoulder as it is safer for both you and the officer;
  • turn your car off and remove the keys from the ignition;
  • if it is dark out, turn on any interior lights so that you and the officer can see;
  • remain inside of your car, do not leave your vehicle unless the officer instructs you to do so;
  • if the officer informs you that you were speeding, it is okay to politely ask them how they know and they state they used a radar gun, ask to see it
    • Most officers will turn off the unit once you are stopped, which deletes the speed entry;
  • if you were issued a ticket via a radar gun, ask to see the officers daily log
    • he or she would need to state they calibrated their unit prior to beginning their patrol
      • you want to make sure this was done

Avoid any Admission of Guilt

This is also relevant when you get into an accident. The car accident attorneys in our office always advise that you do not admit any fault, even when you are being pulled over for a ticket. In the event that a ticket is issued and you admit fault, your admission can be used against you in court.

Contesting a Ticket

If you are unable to avoid getting a ticket, you may want to consider fighting it in court. Now, you won’t need an auto accident lawyer for this. But sometimes just showing up to the court hearing will indicate that you are responsible. When you arrive to court, make sure you are dressed nice and that you are prepared to argue your side of the case without emotion. You also should have as much evidence to support your argument as you can. Depending on the judge, the county, and the jurisdiction, you may be given leniency.

Do not just assume that the police officer who pulled you over will not appear. Many jurisdictions will pay officers overtime if they have to appear in court. In some cases, officers may even allow the ticket to be dismissed.

At the end of the day, whether you are issued a ticket or not, you always want to follow the rules of the road. Don’t drive aggressively and erratic. This will just cause an accident that can end up causing serious injuries.

If you have been injured due to the negligent actions of another, contact us to discuss your case. Every car accident attorney in our office has experience working with those who are injured. We understand that every case is unique and believe that you deserve the best medical treatment, as well as the compensation that will help get your life back on track.

Contact our office at 949-234-6034 for a free consultation.

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