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Car Insurance In Washington State
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: June 10, 2020

A recent study revealed that a shocking amount of people in Washington State are driving around without car insurance. According to the Insurance Research Council's analysis, nearly 20% of motorists driving on the roadways are uninsured, ranking Washington as one of the worst states in the nation for uninsured drivers. Did you know that failing to show proof of car insurance is considered a traffic infraction? To legally drive in the state of Washington, drivers are required by law to have car insurance and must be prepared to show proof of it to law enforcement at any time when operating their vehicle. Those who drive without car insurance can receive…Read More

Speeding Too Fast For Conditions Ticket
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: April 28, 2020

In the state of Washington, basic speeding tickets are not an uncommon occurrence, but many drivers have been surprised when finding out that they've been issued a lesser-known variety of infraction called a "Speeding Too Fast for Conditions" ticket. This type of ticket is common among drivers who got into an accident and were cited for driving too fast for roadway conditions. While there are times when the posted speed limit can be considered unsafe, like in the event of inclement weather impacting roadways, the confusing twist with this type of infraction is that drivers can be ticketed even if they were not speeding and were traveling at the legally…Read More

How To Beat A Speeding Ticket In Washington State
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: April 16, 2020

We all know that sinking feeling when you are cruising down I-5, and all of a sudden, you see a Washington State Trooper sitting on the side of the road. You instantly look down at your speedometer and see your speeding. Your foot immediately slams on your brakes, hoping to avoid a costly speeding ticket. As you pass the Trooper, you look back in your rear-view mirror, and your stomach drops as you see the Trooper pulling out. In a matter of seconds, you see those colorful flashing lights in your rear-view mirror and realize you're busted, about to be pulled over by a Washington State Trooper, and given a…Read More

  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: March 30, 2020

The next time you are driving, count how many times you see, your fellow drivers fail to use their car turn signals while changing lanes. Chances are you will likely come across a driver or two who fail to use their turn signal shortly after you get on the road. According to a study done by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), almost half of all drivers either don't use their car turn signal to change lanes or neglect to turn off the turn signal after doing so. The researchers observed the actions of 12,000 drivers on public roads and found that 48% of them failed to use their car…Read More

Do I Have To Report The Accident I Was Involved In
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: January 23, 2020

Car accidents can happen to the best of us. And in many instances, reporting your accident seems like an obvious course of action to take, but what if the accident was only minor? Some of the most common auto accidents are minor “fender benders”, where the collision didn’t cause any injuries to the drivers or passengers but may have resulted in slight property damage, like scratches or dents, to the vehicles. Many people in this situation wonder if it’s necessary to report this type of accident. Here’s what you need to know: Do You Need To Report The Accident To Law Enforcement? According to Washington State Law (RCW 46.52.030) any…Read More

  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: November 28, 2019

Drivers in Washington State are no strangers to state driving tolls. As new driving tolls have recently gone into effect, I wanted to take a moment to go over the current state of tolls throughout the State. I want to warn drivers of a new traffic infraction that I see being cited with more frequency by the Washington State Patrol, Failure to Pay Toll Facility under RCW 46.61.690.1A . In 2007, the Washington State Department of Transportation began implementing tolls on roads and bridges in an attempt to help fund new projects and maintain current infrastructure across the state. Advocates of tolls say they are an innovative tool used for not only funding major…Read More

Washington State Camera Ticket Laws
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: September 25, 2019

It happens to the best of us. You check your mail only to find that you've received a camera ticket from a red-light camera, school bus camera or speeding camera. There is even photo and video evidence of you committing a traffic violation. Speed, red-light, and school bus cameras are a type of automated enforcement technology used throughout Western Washington to detect and prevent drivers from speeding, running red lights, or passing a stopped school bus. While drivers are given the option to fight or mitigate their penalty, often recipients of these tickets will pay the fine by sending a check in the mail to skip the hassle of taking…Read More

Washington State map
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: August 19, 2019

As of July 28, 2019, new HOV lane laws went into effect increasing penalties for HOV and carpool lane violators in Washington State. Beginning this summer, drivers caught misusing HOV lanes will not only be penalized with paying higher fines, but now will also face an entirely new fine if caught using the carpool lane with a dummy, doll, or other decoy posing as a passenger in an attempt to utilize the HOV lane. Under Senate Bill 5695, the state Legislature approved penalty increases for violators of HOV lanes, as well as high occupancy toll (HOT) and express toll lanes (ETL) regulations. Changes to the HOV law now include: Raising the…Read More

What Is A WA HOV Traffic Ticket?
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: February 22, 2019

We all know the bad news without needing headlines to prove it: Western Washington traffic – and drivers – are among the nation’s worst. For many of us, sitting in stop-and-go traffic is mind-numbing and infuriating. The latest studies offer a litany of proof. An insurance-industry ranking of states, based on accidents and moving violations, concluded that in 2018 Washington drivers were the nation’s tenth-worst (the year before, we were fifth-worst.) In terms of extra hours spent sitting on congested roads, Seattle drivers ranked #9 and Tacoma drivers #16 in 2016, compared with motorists in other urban areas around the country. To put this in practical terms, the average morning…Read More

Is a Traffic Lawyer Worth It?
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: February 14, 2019

Recently, I received our first email from an unhappy client since opening Garguile DUI & Traffic Lawyers over two years ago. The client did not believe a traffic lawyer was worth it. They were upset with the result of their case. I represented this individual on a speeding ticket they had received and was able to reduce the ticket to a non-moving violation successfully. This reduction kept the speeding ticket off their driving record and prevented it from affecting the individual's insurance rates. I was shocked and frustrated because they thought our service was a scam! The client’s main issue with the outcome of the case was that they still had…Read More

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