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Going Faster Than The Speed Limit?

People who get speeding tickets are often guilty of more than simply driving faster than the posted limit. Their chief offense? It’s getting noticed in the first place. That’s the first domino to fall in the ugly chain of events that leads to a piece of “payin’ paper. ”
Here are some common sense ways to run under a cop’s radar — literally:

Drive within 5-10 mph of surrounding traffic. Cops are usually looking for drivers who are going noticeably faster than the other cars on the road. If you’re within a pack of cars all going 5 to 10 mph over the limit, you’ve automatically improved your odds of not being the one that gets pulled over for a speeding ticket, even though you’re all technically speeding. The cop has to pick one car; if you go with the flow of traffic, it probably won’t be you. And it definitely won’t be you if you don’t speed in the first place.speeding fines attorneys
Try to stay in the middle of the pack. If you’re the lead car, logic says you’ll be the first car to run past any cop’s radar trap up ahead and get a speeding ticket. And if you’re the last car, you’ll be the one the police officer rolls up behind. That means the safest place is in the middle — just like a gazelle fleeing a hungry lion by seeking safety in the middle of the herd.
Find a “rabbit. ” If you can’t find a pack of cars going the speed you’d like to maintain, the next best thing is to find yourself a rabbit — a solitary driver traveling the speed you’d like to drive that you can follow discretely, about 50-100 yards back. If there’s a cop using radar, hopefully, the rabbit will trip the trap and get a speeding ticket, not you. And if he brakes suddenly, you have just received your early warning in time to take defensive action.
Do not change lanes frequently, tailgate, or otherwise drive aggressively. In addition to being rude and dangerous, you’re just asking for a trucker or someone with a cell phone to call the cops and give them a description of your vehicle and license plate number. Always use your signals and be courteous to fellow drivers. It’s safer, and it will help you fade into the background.
Avoid the fast lane. Use the far left lane to pass when necessary, but try to stay in the middle lanes when possible. Reason? If a cop is lurking in a cutout along the median strip (or coming at you from the opposite direction on a divided highway) the speeder in the far left lane is the one most likely to become the target. Drivers who get nailed with speeding tickets are often the type who rack it up to 10 or 15 over the limit and remain in the far left lane.
Watch for cutouts and modulate your speed accordingly. On many highways, there are cutouts in the median strip every couple of miles. Usually, you can see these in plenty of time to slow down a little bit in case there’s a cop lurking behind the bushes ready to give you a speeding ticket.

Don’t speed when you are the only car on the road. If you ignore this warning it’s the equivalent of plastering a “ticket me! ” bumper sticker on your vehicle. Even if you’re only doing five mph over the posted limit, if there’s a cop using radar, he’s got nothing to look at but you. Lonesome speeding is even more dangerous in small towns, where radar traps and aggressive enforcement by cops can be common. And never speed late at night. Drunk-driving patrols are heavy and cops are more inclined to pull you over for any offense in order to check you for signs of alcohol. Don’t give them a reason.
If it’s OK legally, get a radar detector. Yes, they’re expensive (good ones, anyhow). But a one-time hit of, say, $300 for a decent radar detector is cheaper than even a single big speeding ticket and the higher insurance costs that will come with it. Radar detectors are legal in most states and well worth the investment to avoid a speeding ticket.
And Finally:
If possible, drive a nondescript vehicle. It may not be fair, but it’s human nature to notice things that stand out from the crowd. Bright-colored cars, those with loud exhaust or other pimped-out enhancements are the cars more likely to draw a cop’s initial attention than ordinary-looking, family-type cars. Since the cop has to single out one car, which car do you suppose is the likely candidate for a speeding ticket? The bright yellow Mustang GT with 20-inch chrome rims? Or the silver Taurus?
If you do get pulled over while driving a fancy, high-profile car, your odds of getting a speeding ticket versus a warning have probably gone up. If you’re driving a fast-looking hot rod, the cop is going to assume you use it and deserve a ticket more than the guy in a family-looking ride whose plea that he “didn’t realize he was speeding, officer” comes off as more believable.
Be aware that appearances count. That is your appearance. If your appearance says, “Responsible member of the community, ” you’re apt to get a more friendly response than if you look and act like trouble.

The worst possible thing you can do is combine all the no-no’s listed above by driving a flashy car too fast, late at night when you’re the only car on the road while looking like you just robbed a bank. If you do that, expect a speeding ticket. And expect no mercy.

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Traffic Ticket Defense News

A particular officer has conducted more than 25,000 traffic stops in the past 20 years as a Sheriff’s deputy in his area of Texas. But what’s remarkable, his supervisors say, is counting all of the complaints lodged against him over those two decades. The tally: Zero. The last time this officer received a complaint was in 1992, according to records. The lack of grievances seems practically unheard of for a law enforcement officer who deals daily with the public, handing out tickets in situations that can escalate into heated exchanges. With no complaints marring his record for so long, no one could give you the odds of the statistical probability of that. The officer spends his hours patrolling on a motorcycle with a radar gun – akin to the 70’s TV show “Chips.” While he doesn’t shirk writing tickets, he said, he follows a golden rule learned from a pastor in his native Texas: “Do good, be good, treat people good.” “I’m here with you,” He told CBS News about the citizens he comes across. “I’m not up here. One thing I hate is to be looked down on – I can’t stand it – so I’m not going to look down at you.”The officer’s affable approach appears to endear him with motorists, some of whom end up apologizing for their lack of care. “You know what it is, it’s his smile,” ticketed drivers told CBS News. “He’s got a great smile. He’s a nice guy. How could you be mad at that guy?” “Never so happy to get a ticket in my life,” said another driver who was slapped with a summons. Drivers often trot out excuses when they’re pulled over, ranging from being unfamiliar with the area to racing because they need a bathroom, he said. In one case, a nervous 19-year-old was stopped for speeding and told the deputy he was late for work. He gave him a warning, and asked him – in a fatherly way – to slow down, reporters said. Other cops hoping to avoid complaints can learn a lesson from this officer, his superiors said. “Their excuse is, ‘Well, I give tickets all day long, I’m going to get complaints,'” he told CBS News. “Well, that’s not true. There is a way to do it – and this officer has the way.”

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The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Most people are good, responsible drivers who never take unnecessary risks. However, even the best drivers can make mistakes, and texting while driving is definitely one of those. Even though you may understand that texting and driving are dangerous, the statistics may shock you.personal injury law - auto accidents - texting and driving

Sending or reading a text while driving makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than normal driving. Simply dialing, talking on, or listening to a phone while driving makes you as much as three times as likely to be involved in the crash. Please find more information on this website here @ http://accident-lawyers-dallas.com/

23 percent of all automobile collisions (about 1.3 million crashes) involved cell phones in some way.
31 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 report that they’ve sent text messages or e-mails with their phones while driving at least once in the last 30 days.
The average person spends a minimum of 5 seconds looking at their cell phone when sending or receiving a text. If your car is traveling 55 miles per hour during that time, you travel the length of a football field. That’s 100 yards without ever looking at the road.
Using a phone to text while driving has been found to be as dangerous as having a blood alcohol content two times above the legal limit.
Teenagers who send or receive text messages while driving spend about 10% of their time on the road traveling outside of identified traffic lanes.
77% of teenagers say they are confident they can safely drive a car while texting.

Texting Crimes

Lawmakers around the country have recently begun recognizing just how dangerous driving while texting is. Numerous states have adopted laws against it. Whether you are involved in the crash or not, you may be committing a crime if you text or use a cell phone while driving. If you end up in a crash while texting, you could face significant criminal penalties.

Novice Drivers. If you have a restricted license, such as a learner’s permit or license that only allows you to drive with an adult present, you may be prohibited from using a cell phone at all, while driving. 36 states and the District of Columbia have laws that restrict novice drivers from using any kind of cell phone while driving, whether it’s to talk, send texts, or do anything else.
Cell Phones. 25 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving. In all but two of the states, Maryland and West Virginia, an officer can pull you over for violating the cell phone ban even if you haven’t committed any other violations.auto accidents - texting and driving
Text Messaging. 48 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. Like cell phone laws, almost all of these laws allow police to give you a ticket for texting while driving even if you weren’t doing anything else wrong.
Negligence. If you are involved in a car crash while texting and the crash results in someone else being injured or killed, you could face significant penalties. Some courts have held that texting while driving is a criminally negligent act. If you are convicted of injuring or killing someone while criminally negligent you face years in prison. Don’t Do It!

Texting and driving do not mix. You are not capable of driving safely and using your cell phone at the same time, no matter how confident you are in your abilities. Stay safe, be smart, and when you’re driving: put the phone down.

If you have been injured in a cell phone-related accident, and need legal advice, contact an experienced Auto Accident attorney.

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Holding medical professionals accountable for negligence

Medical malpractice is frightening for many reasons, but perhaps foremost among them is the breach of trust: Where are patients supposed to turn for medical help if their own doctors harm them? Our firm has more than 25 years of experience helping medical malpractice victims get the restitution they deserve. If your medical treatment produced harmful results, call our Law Office today for a free consultation to discuss your options.medical malpractice law

Requirements for a medical malpractice claim

There are three components that must be met for a medical malpractice claim to succeed:

Negligence. Every healthcare professional — doctors, nurses, lab technicians and nearly everyone else providing a service in the healthcare industry — must meet a standard of care. That standard of care holds that a healthcare professional must act like any other reasonably prudent professional in a similar situation.

Causation. The law also requires that the healthcare professional’s negligence caused the resulting injury. A healthcare professional may be guilty of medical malpractice for actively doing something harmful or for omitting something from treatment that led to harm. For more than 25 years, our firm has established cause for the medical malpractice victims he’s represented throughout Texas.

Injury. There must be an injury, although it may be  physical, mental or emotional.

Common medical malpractice claims

Medical malpractice may be claimed against almost any type of medical diagnosis, treatment or advice. The most common medical malpractice claims allege:

Failure to recognize symptoms

Unnecessary surgery, treatment or medication

Misinterpreting lab results

Misdiagnosis

Surgical errors

Prescribing an inappropriate medication or dosage

Poor follow-up

Premature hospital discharge

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If you or someone you know may be a victim of medical malpractice, call our office for a free consultation. Our firm offers contingency fee payment plans: no recovery, no fee. Our office has plenty of parking and easy access to public transportation. We offer flexible office hours to accommodate clients, but we also make home or hospital visits if you cannot come to us.