Is fighting a trafficcitation regarding an accident worth it?

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Is fighting a trafficcitation regarding an accident worth it?

I was in a car accident last week, I was going downhill while it was raining. I went to stop and it just wasn’t happening. I was at least 30 feet behind a car, going around 10 mph (if that). I tried moving out of the way and ending up hitting another car that was pulling out of a shopping center. I tapped them; my passenger said she didn’t even move. My right front hit the other car’s left front. I pulled into a parking lot to talk and apologize. I told her I’d cover everything. An officer came and said it happens, that was that. I just today got a citation in the mail. I have pictures.

Asked on November 10, 2010 under Accident Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

First question for you: what was the citation for?  Second question: did you have the right of way when you hit the person pulling out of the shopping center?  From the way it was phrased it appears that they were pulling in to moving traffic - you - and you have the right of way in that scenario as far as I can tell.  You may want to run this past someone who can take a look at the citation and to whom you can explain the situation in more detail.  It is always worth trying to fight a ticket but here it appears that you jumped the gun and offered more than you needed to.  The officer did not witness the accident.  You seemed to have volunteered to be guilty.  Good luck.


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