Young males cannot afford traffic tickets because they already pay more
in insurance premiums than everyone else except bad drivers, so when they
put themselves in the bad driver group they lose their one clear advantage,
the “good drivers” discount.
How Insurance Premiums Are Determined
Insurance companies in CA base automobile insurance premiums on several
factors, such as where you live or park your car, how far you drive to
work, what kind of car you drive, deductibles, your driving record, age,
gender, and marital status. California, unlike some other states, cannot
use your credit history to determine premiums, so that’s a plus
for young males.
However, living in LA is more expensive than smaller cities like Bakersfield
and even the zip code within LA makes a difference in how much you pay.
90029 has the highest average premium of any CA zip code at $2,416 per
year, but there’s a $1460 difference between the lowest premium
of $1,730 and the highest in that zip code, which is $3,190.
The higher your deductible the lower your premium and the replacement value
of car makes a difference too. Therefore, a single male, under 25 with
no deductible that parks his new Mercedes convertible in 90029, most likely
pays the most for car insurance; in fact, the difference between an 18-year-old
male and an 18-year-old female when everything else is the same is nearly
$500 per year and doesn’t even out until age 25.
However, the biggest other contributing factor is your driving record.
Once you lose your good driver’s discount, you automatically pay
20% more, plus whatever caused you to lose that discount will figure into
the premium rate at renewal. Proposition 103, mandates insurance companies
give drivers who have been continuously licensed for three years, with
only one point or less on their license, after all other factors are considered
a 20% reduction. Add the fines and penalties for those traffic tickets
and you know why we say, “Young Males Can’t Afford Traffic
Tickets.” Plus, if you lose your license to traffic tickets, you’ll
likely lose your job, as well.
No DL, No Job, No Money
The downward cycle starts with those very first traffic tickets for young
male drivers. John Doe just finished college and moved to LA from North
Carolina where he attended NC State and his family still lives. He could
attend college because of a full football scholarship and he worked as
a night-shift guard at a large pharmaceutical processing plant.
After graduation, he was promised a job in LA, but the interview did not
go well and instead of moving back home he took another job on the docks
in Long Beach as a night security guard, the pay wasn’t great but
he was getting by and even had a nice apartment.
The trouble really started for him with his first traffic tickets. He got
two the same day, one early in the day, a red-light ticket for turning
right without making a full stop, which he was sure he had done and the
next because he was running late for work coming back from seeing his
girl and got caught for speeding over 100 mph on I-5.
After talking to his girlfriend, he figured out his fines would be over
$2000 and he just couldn’t afford it. It wasn’t long before
his license was suspended and when his employer found out he was terminated,
even though he had never driven on his job, his employer said they couldn’t
keep him if he didn’t have a license, company policy.
Fight Your Traffic Tickets, Break the Cycle
Just before Christmas, he was talking to his father and the subject of
money came up. He nearly cried when he told his father what had happened
with the traffic tickets and why he was working at Burger King instead
of the pharmaceutical company he had come to LA to work for; his father
told him he would send him some money but he wanted him to hire an attorney
and get his license back. His father said, “A young man without
a driver’s license will never amount to anything. High paying jobs
require a driver’s license. To an employer, if you don’t have
a driver’s license, it means you are not responsible or trustworthy.”
His grandfather had been a trucker his whole life, so he kind of understood
what his father was saying.
Later, his girlfriend told him about a friend who had gotten a ticket for
speeding and Bigger & Harman had gotten it reduced so she paid a small
fine and no points. So, he Googled Bigger & Harman and found some
very promising comments on
Yelp about them. He decided to call them for a free phone consultation. Mr.
Bigger was easy to talk to and he was upfront about how much it would
cost, but he really didn’t have much choice if he wanted to break
the cycle and get his license and job back.
The first thing Mr. Bigger did was get the FTA resolved, and then he called
to tell him that the law enforcement officer (LEO) who ticketed him for
speeding over 100 mph had retired and he got that ticket dismissed. So
now, it was just a matter of the red-light ticket and they had a court
date for that. Sure, it cost him money for attorney fees, but not as much
as he would have had to pay the courts and things were looking up.
Hire a Traffic Ticket Attorney in LA or Bakersfield
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