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Should I be worried?

I was rear-ended but the guy that hit me has 2 witnesses claimin I boxed him in and slammed on my brakes, so the police officer wrote me a reckless driving summons and I have to appear in court next tuesday. I have no witnesses on my side. The guy is claiming road rage. Bottom line, the man yelled out his window at me and honked at me while at a red light. Light turned green and I didn’t take off right away. After I did go, slowly, he slammed into me. He was following me too close

Asked on October 3, 2017 under Accident Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you should be worried. The police, prosecutor, and judge were not there for the accident: they know only what witnesses tell them, and/or is consistent with the results of the accident. If there are several witnesses telling a consistent story that implicates you, which story is also consistent with the damage to and location of the cars, and you meanwhile only have yourself as witness, the court could easily believe the other side.


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