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4 Consequences of Failing To Pay Traffic Tickets

Red Car — Reflections of a Police Officer in a Car Mirror

When you receive a traffic ticket, you should either admit guilt and plan to pay the fine or go to traffic court and contest the ticket in front of a judge. You might brush off a traffic ticket as a minor offense. After all, the police won’t come to your home to hunt you down over unpaid traffic tickets.

However, unpaid traffic tickets can lead to more severe legal problems. Read on to discover four possible consequences of failing to pay traffic tickets.

Contesting a Traffic Ticket: Questions and Answers

Red Car — Fayetteville, NC — Britt Carl L JrWherever you see automotive traffic, you may also see a police officer writing a ticket for some driver who apparently committed some sort of violation. Traffic tickets may help to discourage reckless driving and accidents, but in some cases the driver may have justification for fighting the violation in court.

If you find yourself sitting in the driver’s seat as a police officer writes you a traffic ticket, you may wonder how (or whether) you can contest it instead of paying a hefty fine and watching your auto insurance rates go up. The following questions and answers may help you understand your legal options and strategies in these situations.

Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Lady Justice — Fayetteville, NC — Britt Carl L Jr

If you file a personal injury claim without an attorney, your lack of experience handling legal matters can lead to unsatisfactory results. First, you may not have enough time to recover and assess the effects of the injury on your wellbeing. The paperwork and processes are also overwhelming for a person who is recovering from an injury.

Also, most insurance companies hire the best attorneys and adjusters to help minimize settlement amounts paid to personal injury victims. For example, if you broke your back due to a car accident, the defendant’s attorney may argue that you could have avoided the accident if you were not driving too fast.

Way to Collect From an Accident With an Uninsured Motorist

Approximately one in eight drivers do not have auto insurance. While not having insurance is illegal in most states, this does not prevent people from getting behind the road and driving without it every day.

But what happens when you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver? Who pays for the damage to your vehicle, and will you be able to receive any payment or reimbursement for your medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering? Here is some information on how you may get some of these expenses covered.

4 Driving Myths in North Carolina

Woman Using Cellphone in the Car — Fayetteville, NC — Britt Carl L Jr

Driving advice offered throughout the years often influences what you think is legal and illegal on the road. While some of the given counsel may be valid, other advice may be myths. Unfortunately, if you do not know the difference between what is legal and illegal, you may need the services of a traffic attorney. Here are four common driving myths in North Carolina.

1. It Is Illegal to Drive Barefoot

Your Truck Will No Longer Be Able to Squat in North Carolina

Vehicle Bumper — Fayetteville, NC — Britt Carl L Jr

A truck modification on the highways and byways of North and South Carolina is squatting trucks. While this is popular with some, this will soon be illegal in North Carolina and, if not quickly corrected, could land you in traffic court, where you could lose your driver’s license.

If you have considered squatting your truck lately, think again. With the changes in the law, you may find yourself quickly undoing the modifications. Learn more in this brief overview. 

What Is Truck Squatting?

Squatting is when you modify your truck’s suspension so the truck’s front elevates more than the rear, which gives the vehicle the appearance of squatting or sagging. This practice in North Carolina is referred to as the Carolina Squat.

Tips to Avoid Impaired Driving Charges

Side Mirror — Fayetteville, NC — Britt Carl L Jr

Driving while impaired can potentially lead to traffic fines and the loss of driving privileges. Impairment can mean drunk driving, but it is more than alcohol that can cause an officer to initiate a stop. Many seemingly harmless actions can also cause drivers to appear impaired. Here are a few things to think about before getting behind the wheel.

Get More Sleep

Falling asleep while driving or being too tired to react safely to common situations on the road could also cause a stop for impaired driving. Life is often busy, and long work hours or other responsibilities can make it impossible to get enough rest. The law requires every driver to be safe behind the wheel regardless of their schedule.

Look for alternatives to driving home after a long day. Consider public transportation or call someone for a ride. Avoid non-stop road trips when long-distance driving. Either share the driving responsibilities with someone else or plan to stop every few hours to rest and refresh before continuing.

Common Types of Auto Accidents

Heavily Damaged Car After an Accident — Fayetteville, NC — Britt Carl L Jr

Approximately 16,438 auto accidents take place daily in the United States, resulting in significant damage and mountains of paperwork. Car crashes are a prominent cause of personal injury and vary in the location, vehicles involved, severity, and impact on the individual’s life.

The type of accident that has occurred can help establish who is at fault while its severity and scope of injuries determine a claim’s worth. Learn seven types of auto accidents so you can file your auto accident claim confidently.

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License Suspension Vs. Revocation

Close-Up Of Gavel On Table — Fayetteville, NC — Britt Carl L Jr

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has the mandate to revoke or suspend your license depending on a few factors like age, traffic offenses, or medical conditions. This means that once your license is revoked or suspended, you can’t legally operate a vehicle as your license is now invalid.

Note that license revocation is not the same as suspension, as one is a permanent action while the other is temporary. Read about the differences between a suspended license and a revoked license below.

What Is a Suspended Driver’s License?

A suspended driver’s license means the driver’s license is invalid over a temporary period, and while it’s invalid, you can’t legally drive.

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