Your Speeding Ticket Affects Your Car Insurance

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Auto Insurance Costs

Every automobile insurance provider has its own policies and maintains separate point systems from the Texas DPS. For accurate information about how a speeding ticket conviction or other traffic infraction may affect your particular policy, please consult your agent. Listed below are links to answers provided by major auto insurance companies to common questions about what affects the price of car insurance.

What Affects Car Insurance Price? (StateFarm)

Legal Fees & Court Expenses
If you will be hiring an attorney to represent you, legal fees are another element you must factor into the equation. There are thousands of traffic lawyers to choose from, each with varying degrees of expertise and experience and charging various fees for their services. In any case, a lawyer will likely be much more familiar with not only local traffic laws but understand the legal process of the courts and how to best pursue a course of action. Most offer free consultations by phone or in person. When speaking with them, be sure to share the details of your entire case including any complications like a suspended license, a motor vehicle accident involved, pending criminal charges, etc so that they may best assist you.

In the case that you decide to have a trial of your case, you may be advised or required to personally appear in court. Every court has its own schedule and days when traffic cases are heard, so you may have to schedule time off from work or school and make arrangements to attend. If you live far away from the court, you will also want to consider the price of gas, vehicle maintenance, and traveling time.

How Much Will My Speeding Ticket Really Cost?
Only after calculating the costs of fines, state surcharges, Driver Assessment fees, auto insurance policy increases, travel expenses, attorney fees, and precious time spent traveling and/or researching and preparing your case, only then can you get an accurate figure of how much money you will really spend on a traffic ticket. The final costs will also depend largely on your course of action. If you choose to hire an attorney, you may have more costs upfront, but pay less in penalties as well as secure yourself against future penalties. If you choose to represent yourself, you may save on legal fees but spend on travel fees and time off from work. Without experienced legal counsel, you may also end up paying far more in fines and other penalties. If you plead guilty to your original charges, you can avoid paying any legal fees but will likely pay higher fines and other penalties that will damage your driving history and make any future reduction of charges more difficult to secure.

Only you can decide what course of action is best for your particular situation. If you will be seeking legal counsel, however, please consider our office for your representation. We have been representing clients charged with traffic violations and misdemeanors in Texas for many years. We offer affordable fees in most courts and appear on your behalf in most cases without you having to attend. We offer free consultations by phone, email, and in-person at our office. For a free consultation of your case, please contact us with the details of your case.


Personal Injury Law- What Is Proximate Cause

Personal Injury law- What Is Proximate Cause

In any personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove proximate cause. Proximate cause is the event without which the accident would not have happened – the sine qua non.

Proximate cause is not necessarily the first event in a series of events that led to the plaintiff’s injuries, nor is it necessarily the event that happened immediately before the injury. Proximate cause has to do solely with causing an accident. As an example, if a speeding motorist crashes into another car and the driver in that vehicle is injured, the speeding motorist’s reckless driving would likely be considered the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. That is, if the driver had not been speeding, then the other driver would not have been hurt.personal injury law

However, proximate cause is not always so straightforward, as there can sometimes be multiple proximate causes to an accident. For example, consider a theoretical case wherein a pedestrian is struck by a drunk driver. Obviously, the drunk driver’s reckless action (driving while intoxicated) is one proximate cause of the pedestrian’s injuries. But Texas law allows victims injured by intoxicated persons to (in some cases) hold the bar or establishment that served the intoxicated person responsible for any damages that the intoxicated individual causes. In other words, if a bar or other establishment serves a person to the point of intoxication, that bar is thereby liable for any damages caused by the intoxicated person’s actions. This means that the bar where the driver got drunk in our example would also be a proximate cause of the victim’s injuries, and he or she could bring a lawsuit against the bar as well through a dram shop cause of action.

Whenever our firm takes a case, we conduct a thorough investigation of the details surrounding your accident. We work hard to identify every possible defendant so that you can be fully compensated for your injuries. We have a proven track record, with over twenty years of experience in all personal injury practice areas.

Insurance adjusters and defense law firms know who we are, and they often cooperate fully with our settlement demands, simply because they do not want to face our attorneys in court. In other words, we can get you back on your feet quickly so that you can get on with your life. So if you or someone you love has been injured in an accident due to another person’s negligence, contact our Texas personal injury attorneys today, and let us help you bring those responsible for your injuries to justice.


Our Law Firm Helps You Understand What to do After a Fatal Car Accident in Texas

Our Law Firm Helps You Understand What to do After a Fatal Car Accident in Texas

If you and your family are suffering and dealing with the loss of a beloved family member after a fatal car accident, our hearts go out to you. Dealing with the sudden loss of a loved one, regardless of the circumstances, is an ordeal that none of us deserve, but many must endure.

It is likely that this loss was caused by the negligence of the driver or someone else. Though it might seem inappropriate to think of anything but mourning your loss, this accident is undoubtedly affecting you and yours financially. Contrary to what your family might think, it is certainly appropriate to consider how your family will be appropriately compensated for your loss and those that your deceased loved one suffered. Someone needs to help you handle this part of your family’s business before someone who doesn’t care about those interests does and victimizes your family during its time of profound sorrow.

Most of us drive responsibly. We obey traffic laws, use our seatbelts and child car seats, and are alert to our surroundings when driving. No matter what we do to keep ourselves, our families, and other motorists safe, that responsibility is not always shared by other drivers. Drivers who are thoughtless, careless, drunk, tired, or distracted can come crashing into our lives with no warning, no matter what we do. All we can do is watch out for them and hope to avoid them in time when they come careening, out of control, into our lives.

After an auto accident that kills someone you love, there’s a lot you can do to protect your rights with the help of the right fatal car accident attorney. You can rightfully seek compensation for the financial, physical, and emotional damages surrounding the tragic fatal auto accident that took your loved one from you and yours. In fighting for that right, you are opposed by powerful forces. They have one goal in mind, to deny the rightful financial remedy you and your family deserve by law. With these rights, along with the help of an experienced fatal auto injury lawyer, you can effectively protect and keep yourself safe from the fiscal disaster this wrongful death can become.

If you wish to receive the fairest legal damages that your insurance claim or civil case can bring, we hope this Web page will help you understand the need to hire an attorney. It should be an attorney who has experience in personal injury and wrongful death auto accident cases. Some might try and handle this matter themselves, or hire inexperienced counsel who talks a mean game. But we feel obliged to explain some of the basics of wrongful death auto accident cases as a service to our visitors.

Call us today. One of our accident injury attorneys will patiently listen to you, analyze your case, and explain your options. Our goal is to make sure that you recover as much as possible for your injuries and make this sometimes complicated legal process as easy as possible for you to bear.

The period after a car accident is often stressful and confusing. Don’t add to it and the confusion it creates by letting an inexperienced attorney handle your case or represent yourself when you are unqualified. With decades of experience, we are uniquely qualified and fully prepared to get you the best results possible. If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, contact an attorney at our Texas Law Firm today at 1(800) 862-1260 (toll-free) for a free consultation and find out how we can help you.