Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Re: i need help quick with beating a ticket!!!!!!! please help!!!!!!!!
[quote author=icspots link=topic=143390.msg3090386#msg3090386 date=1240947336]
[quote author=smokinAMD link=topic=143390.msg3089174#msg3089174 date=1240900280]
Generally speaking, if you get into an accident 1 of 3 conditions applies...
1.) You were going to fast for the conditions.
2.) You weren't paying attention.
3.) Someone else hit you / caused the accident and one of the previous 2 conditions applies.
Based upon what you are saying, which is essentially nothing, I have no idea what happened. The only thing I can suggest that will actually help you is to consult a lawyer.
It's VERY rare that an accident occurs where someone couldn't have done something to avoid it from happening. For example, I got into an accident last year when I ran over some debris on the highway, that could have been avoided by the person properly securing their load. About the only time I can think of an accident being unavoidable is if an animal runs out in front of you and you have no time to stop, regardless if you are paying attention or not, or if you have a mechanical problem with your vehicle. And even then, that's arguable. If you had taken proper care of your vehicle, mechanical failures shouldn't be an issue.
+1. This is why they're now being referred to as Collisions vs. Accidents. The term "accident" implies that there was nothing you could do to prevent it.
As to too fast for conditions. I've driven 15-20 mph in a 45 mph zone while it was raining and still hydroplaned. I don't think anyone would argue going half the speed limit is "too fast". That said I'll jump on the band wagon and ask that you please provide more information for us to properly answer you.
That being said, there are times when I would consider it an accident. To fast for conditions can easily be below the speed limit, but I'd say in some cases when going to fast for conditions a resonable person's judgement of the conditions would lead them to go what they think is a safe speed, which turns out not to be. In that case I would consider it an accident.
Case in point I've seen ice on roads so bad that you litterally can't stop on it. I don't mean you can't stop from 40mph on it, I mean you wouldn't be able to have a parked car stay parked things were so slick...without any indication that road conditions were that bad. Under such extreme and even not quite as extreme circumstances (such as black ice, hidden puddle causing you to suddenly hydroplane when the roads are otherwise okay, etc) then it truely is an accident (lumped under bridge collapsing, animal running on to the road or lightning striking your car).
Otherwise its either your fault or the other driver's fault.