I was pulling out to a highway. I waited at the Stop Sign for at least 1:30-2 minutes. And when I saw an opportunity to make the left to join the highway, suddenly I was hit by a car. I understand that I was at fault to some extent, but I was issued a violation for "Fail to obey Traffic Control Device", which is not entirely true. The shattered glasses of my car, after the accident, were in the middle - turning lane. So, should I request a trial or just plead guilty and pay the fine?
You should get a lawyer to help you. You are, from your statement, solely at fault because you have the burden of SAFELY pulling into traffic and that especially includes making left turns onto busy streets.
Do not try to handle this alone.
Turn the accident into your insurance company and let them deal with the accident. They may even assist on the ticket since it could affect the outcome of the civil issues.
That said, it really does not matter that you were waiting two minutes of five hours, you had to yield. Technically, you might get out of the ticket as maybe you simply failed to yield, since you stopped (I have not looked at the ORS on what you were cited for), but odds are the court will eventually find you guilty of something.
This response is only general information and is not legal advice. It does not form an attorney-client relationship and should not be relied upon to take or refrain from taking any action. You should seek a qualified attorney before taking any action related to your inquiry.
When merging with traffic it is your responsibility to do so safely. However, I recommend that people always take traffic matters to trial - there is a chance that the citing officer doesn't show up or that some sort of favorable resolution can be reached. Of course, your best chances for good results are with an experienced lawyer.
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