Traffic law is a specialised area that covers serious criminal charges concerning driving, lesser traffic offences and related issues concerning insurance and property damage. Stacks Collins Thompson has a well-established track record in acting for motorists who are either charged with traffic offences or have been unfortunate enough to be involved in an incident.
Serious traffic offences
Driving is an activity that many people undertake without much thought. However, it is easily the most risky activity that most people do on any day. The Australian road rules are actually quite particular and detailed, covering almost any situation that a driver would be confronted with. The rules also specify penalties for infringements. However, there are separate offences created by the criminal laws of Australia's states and territories that cover serious offences.
"Dangerous driving" is driving in circumstances where the motorist is driving in circumstances that create a danger to the public. This would cover driving at a dangerous speed, but would also cover driving in a dangerous manner (such as swerving). There is also an offence of "reckless driving", which is driving without care as to the consequences. In some instances, driving at the speed limit is not a defence as a driver is always expected to drive in circumstances that are safe for the particular situation.
These offences are thus quite technical and can depend a great deal on what actually happened. The lawyers at Stacks Collins Thompson have a depth of experience in all forms of traffic law and can assist in any serious traffic charge.
Insurance and property damage
Driving can also be a rather expensive activity if you are involved in a motor collision. While it is a requirement to have compulsory third party insurance in New South Wales and Queensland as part of keeping your car registered, this insurance only covers personal injury to people who are involved in the accident.
Drivers may not be adequately insured (or even insured at all) against property damage when they are at fault. This may mean having to pursue someone in court to claim for the damage they have caused to your car. This is a clear example of where having an experienced traffic lawyer will help, as obtaining professional legal advice demonstrates your seriousness in recovering the costs of any property damage. In many cases, it may not be necessary to proceed to court. Many parties will be willing to engage in mediation or informal discussions that avoid the commitment of pursuing the matter in court. The lawyers at Stacks Collins Thompson will ensure that the choice is yours and that you understand what your rights are.
Lawyers on your side
Stacks Collins Thompson is based in Hornsby on Sydney's north shore. We have practised in traffic law for many years. Our firm values professionalism and accuracy in our advice, while communicating in a sensible and straight forward way. We always support our clients and we will always keep you up to date on how your traffic matter is progressing. Don't waste time dealing with matters yourself and get the professional support you need to get results – call us now on (02) 9476 2788.