My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Michigan
My story goes as follows and with as little bias as possible:
The accident occurred as I left my friends house. There is not a stop sign at the entrance of the drive and the area is marked as a school zone area.
I pulled up to the entrance and made a complete stop to check for traffic. My intentions were to make a left turn. The view from the entrance is obscured to the left by trees and bushes ( not sure if this will play any aiding role but it is the truth nonetheless). I look left to see a white truck coming in the close land and wait 2 secs to see if any vehicles are behind it - which was none. Looked right and saw another white truck in the far lane with no cars behind it. I took another look left to see no cars and glanced back to the right to see that both trucks had passed so it was clear to go. As I turn and nearly complete the turn (my car was atleast 90% in the far lane), a car comes and clips the very back corner bumper of my car. My damage was a loose bumper and the lady's car had her front left headlights damaged. The lady said that she saw me coming out and thought that she could have easily missed my car so she did not break and attempt to swerve a little to miss me.
I suppose my question is if any of my story will help me fight off a failure to yield citation. I know for a fact that as I nearly completed the turn that she was going well over the speed limit of 25mph for that area but have no means of proving it [how can I, besides my educated guess while comparing to the other white trucks car?] My guess was that she was going 45-50 while the accident occurred but that is normal of that street, no one really complies with THAT 25mph speed limit.
Do the following facts help my cause at all?:
- I looked left-right-left-right and saw no traffic before I turned
- She admit that she did not break and thought she could miss me (i have witness to confirm this)
- and that my car was nearly complete in the opposite lane. The damage site could physically not be any further back on my car or could not possibly be any further front corner on her car [If you could visualize the angle of a turning car and the other car]
I understand from most posts on here that failure to yield has little success of being over ruled but if there any tips on how to present my defense or what points to stress, I'd greatly appreciate that. No lawyers in an informal hearing so I'll have to do this on the fly. haha
PS: Section # that was on the ticket was 257.652 if that helps anything.