You need to fight this. Any competent defense attorney in your area that does traffic defense should be able to get this dropped. Was the Officer present and see the accident happen? If no, what he/she has to say was probably told to him/her by an onlooker. Hence, it is hearsay and inadmissible. Second, there is a Washington Statute that directs that "collision reports" are inadmissible in civil or criminal trials which means that the Officer's reconstruction of the accident is also inadmissible. My opinion is that a local attorney should be able to defeat this ticket. Best of luck.
While it may be possible for a lawyer to win this case for you, it is not a foregone conclusion. The fact that you were turning left at the time of the collision could make this a more challenging case.
I certainly agree that you should hire an attorney to help you fight this, as having a suspended license until age 18 is a steep price to pay for a motor vehicle accident.
Never miss an opportunity to fight a ticket! Shop around. Most traffic lawyers have very reasonable rates. You may even be able to get a lawyer for the face amount of the ticket.
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