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I got a ticket for an accident that wasn't my fault?

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I got rear ended, hit another car that hit another car that hit another car. I got a ticket for "failure to maintain safe lookout" Why did I get a ticket? And should I plead not guilty? The car in front of me slammed on their brakes, I did too, and got hit.

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Retain a lawyer to represent you. He/she will likely tell you to plead "not guilty". Also, notify your insurance company of the wreck. Seek appropriate medical treatment if you've been injured. Good luck.


Generally, any time you hit another car from behind, the responding officer is going to believe that you failed to maintain a safe distance. Their reason is that just because you get hit, that does not mean you can be right behind another car. In cases like this, circumstances matter. If you don't think you were at fault, contest the ticket. Being the middle car is a mixed situation - some good, some bad. If you do not contest the ticket, you will be deemed to have agreed with it, and it will be on your record.


You need to get a copy of the police report and contact your insurance adjuster to discuss this.

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Spend a couple hundred bucks for a local traffic court lawyer to fight the ticket.


Retain a traffic ticket attorney.


Based on the facts as you've stated them, you should contest this ticket. Assuming that the officer who issued the ticket didn't see the accident, then it is likely that the ticket would be dismissed in this multiple car accident.


I agree with the prior attorneys. You should definitely contest this ticket in traffic court. Otherwise, it becomes a part of your driving record and can be used to increase your insurance rates. It also counts as points against you with the DMV. Furthermore, if you were injured in the accident, paying the ticket could be used against you if you file a claim against the driver who rear ended you.

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