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Citation After Auto Accident…

Submitted By: Linda (Windsor, NC)

A car behind me got in the right hand passing lane to go around my car but I was making a left turn. The driver was going so fast that when she realized I was turning she hit me in the back side and stated I turned in front of her. I put on the signal and applied the brakes but she was coming behind me too fast. She applied the brakes a little but still hit the back side of my car at 46 miles an hour.

For some reason that I can’t figure out I was given a citation. Why would I get a citation for this when it clearly seems like the other driver was at fault? Is there anything I can do?

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Dear Linda,


Well the first thing you should NOT do is plead guilty to the ticket. If you do your fate will be sealed. You will have constructively admitted you were wrong. The Police Officer’s decision to cite you meant after reviewing the matter it was her opinion under the circumstances you had at least some fault for the collision. How much is the question.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: June 20, 2011

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