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Imagine you are driving down the road after a long day at work. You approach a stop sign and you casually go through the motions -- not because you are dismissive of the rules, it's just that you are tired and the intersection is completely clear. No one is crossing or approaching it except you. So you roll on through the stop sign; but lo and behold, there was a police officer waiting in cover at the intersection. The officer pulls you over and writes you up a ticket for failing to stop.

This happens to many New York residents every day, and it can cause them major headaches not just in the short-term, but in the long-term as well. For example, did you know that, on average, a person's car insurance rates will jump 15 percent due to a failure to stop violation? In general, you can expect your insurance rates to go up after a traffic violation, usually in the 10 to 20 percent range -- but every case is a little different, so it is hard to say with exact certainty.

So what can you do to effectively communicate and deal with your insurer? First, you should contact your insurer and see if you are eligible for discounts or other deals based on your personal information (like age or if you own a home) or the safety features in your vehicle.

Another tactic you can use is to research other insurance companies if your policy is soon to expire. See what kind of quotes they give you and make a switch if necessary.

Last but not least, if you feel as though your insurer is not treating you fairly or if they are price gouging you, contact an attorney to help appeal their action (and the ticket too, if necessary).

Source: NJtoday.net, "Traffic Tickets Can Ruin More Than Your Day," Jason Alderman, Aug. 26, 2013

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