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Failure To Yield In Atlanta

Pulled Over For Failure To Yield In Atlanta?

 

Here are some common defenses that you may be able to use to get out of your ticket without having to pay the fine or having points assessed against your license, depending on the circumstances surrounding your traffic stop. 

Your Visibility Was Poor 

 

You may be able to make a case against your traffic ticket if your visibility was poor at the time of the incident and you were not able to see the approaching vehicle well. For example, if there was heavy fog or the driver did not have their headlights on at night, it would be difficult for you to see in order to yield. 

You Could Not Estimate the Speed of the Other Vehicle 

 

Yielding effectively involves estimating the speed of the other vehicle with reasonable accuracy. However, if the other vehicle is speeding or going much slower than the posted speed limit, it may be impossible for you to do so. You may pull out in front of another vehicle thinking they are abiding by the posted speed limit when in fact, they’re going much faster than you anticipated. In cases like this, it may be determined that you were not able to yield to the other driver properly through no fault of your own.  

You Were Involved In an Actual Emergency 

 

The “my wife is having a baby” defense for traffic tickets is somewhat of joke in the police community since it’s actually a very rare occurrence. However, if you were involved in any kind of actual emergency at the time you were pulled over for failing to yield, such as driving yourself to the emergency room in severe pain, you may be able to use this to your advantage. 

Do You Need to Hire an Atlanta Traffic Ticket Attorney? 

 

Most people think they should just pay their tickets, especially if they are “minor” ones like failure to yield or going just a few miles over the speed limit. However, the state of Georgia uses a point-based system that makes every ticket count against you during a specific time period. If you accumulate too many points within that time period, your license will be suspended. 

 

You can protect your right to drive by fighting traffic violations in court instead of just paying the ticket. This is especially important if you already have points assessed against your driver’s license and are just a few points away from having it suspended. Contact the Kimbrel Law Firm today to discuss smart defense strategies at (770) 349-9219.  

 

Atlanta Speeding Tickets

You likely already know that being issued a speeding ticket in Georgia will cause your motor vehicle insurance rates to rise. But how much higher will they be and what factors influence the cost? Here’s what you need to know. 

Why Does Getting a Speeding Ticket Raise My Insurance? 

Motor vehicle insurance rates are calculated based on a person’s risk factors. The higher the company deems your risk, the higher your rates are going to be. A person with a ten-year, accident-free driving history is likely to be quoted much lower rates than a person with a one-year driving history, a speeding ticket, and a fender bender on their record. 

Factors That Determine How Much More You’ll Have to Pay 

How much more you have to pay to your insurance company every month, quarter, or year after getting ticketed for speeding depends on a number of different factors. This includes but not limited to: 

  • How fast you were going 
  • What the posted speed limit was 
  • Where you were speeding (e.g., in a school zone or on a county road) 
  • If you were drinking and driving 
  • If reckless driving was a factor 

Essentially, the more dangerous the situation when you were pulled over for speeding, the greater your insurance rates will increase. 

Rates by the Numbers 

According to CarInsurance.com, Georgia’s motor vehicle insurance rates increase by a substantial amount after a person is issued a speeding ticket: 

  • 17% rate increase for drivers going 11 to 16 mph over the posted speed limit 
  • 27% rate increase for drivers going 17 to 29 mph over the posted speed limit 
  • 59% rate increase for drivers going 30+ mph over the posted speed limit 

Insurance.com reports that in Georgia, the average yearly cost for full coverage car insurance is $1865.00. For example, if a person were pulled over while driving 77 mph on an empty highway with a speed limit of 60 mph, the annual cost of insurance would skyrocket to $2182.05, or $317.05 more. 

What to Do If You Were Issued a Speeding Ticket

If you were ticketed in Georgia for speeding, your driving record and license may be on the line. Don’t pay the ticket fine until you’ve spoken with an experienced traffic ticket attorney to determine your best course of action. Call the Kimbrel Law Firm today to discuss your case in detail at (770) 349-9219. 

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Automatic Suspension

The State of Georgia is tougher on individuals under the age of 21 when it comes to traffic violations. In many cases, a traffic violation under 21 results in the immediate suspension of your driver’s license. Here are 11 violations that underage drivers need to be aware of. 

Traffic Violations That Result in Automatic License Suspension for Drivers Under 21

 

    1. Reckless driving. Reckless driving is both a traffic violation and a criminal charge, and is defined as operating a vehicle without regard to the safety of others on the road.  
    2. Aggressive driving. Aggressive driving and reckless driving are similar, however, with aggressive driving, the driver purposely drive in an unsafe manner. The most common example of this is road rage.  
    3. Racing. Racing at high speeds on roads and highways could result in multiple traffic violations and the automatic loss of your license  
    4. Hit and run. If you hit a vehicle and do not stop to give your identifying and insurance information, this is a hit and run and you could lose your license immediately. 
    5. Evading police. If you do not stop for police when they turn on their sirens to pull you over, this could be considered evading the police. You can turn on your hazard lights and wait to pull over to a lighted, public area, but you may still be charged with evasion and will need the help of a defense attorney to prove that you were looking for a safe place to stop and not evading. 
    6. Improper passing. This includes passing a driver on the right or passing on the left when the left lane is not clear to do so.  
    7. Drunk driving. Georgia has a zero-tolerance policy for intoxicated drivers under the age of 21. 
    8. Passing a school bus. Passing a school bus that has its lights on or is stopped usually results in an immediate suspension. 
    9. Purchasing alcohol. Even though you’re not driving, Georgia can suspend your license if you are under 21 and buy alcohol. 
    10. Any violation that assigns for or more points. 

 

Do You Need a Traffic Ticket Attorney? 

 

If you were issued a citation for a traffic violation and are under the age of 21, it’s extremely important that you work with an experienced traffic attorney to reduce the chances that your license will be suspended and to protect your driving and criminal records. 

 

Contact the Kimbrel Law Firm today for more information or to book a consultation to discuss your legal options at (770) 349-9212.

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