I was coming around a corner, going under the speed limit in a short right side passing lane. When I came around the corner, 2 police cars with no lights on where on that side of the lane. I looked over my left shoulder & made sure the left lane was clear, put my blinker on, and quickly moved into the left lane to avoid them. Suddenly I realized the van in front of me with no brake lights or turn signal on was stopped. In that instant I was crashing into the rear end of it. When I was in the ER room, the state trooper came in, gave me the inattentive driving ticket, apologized, said he had to ticket someone, gave me his phone number. Told me to fight the ticket. Said the cops did not have the scene secure. I have never even had a speeding ticket or any offense ever of any sort.
Yes, definitely. Every traffic violation has potential future consequences. Not-to-mention that you appear to be innocent of any wrong doing. In fact, you may have a claim for a ages resulting from the crash. If you choose not to hire an attorney, go court and speak with the prosecutor. If you can get case continued for dismissal or another resolution that does not get certified to your record, consider hiring an experienced attorney. Feel free to contact my office if I can assist.
Yes, if it were me, I sure would. Otherwise, insurance rates and potential personal injury civil liability could be quite expensive. (Be sure you've notified your insurance comapny as well.)
It does sound like you have a defense, not sure why the trooper would write a ticket if he did not think it was warranted, but you should defend yourself.
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