My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: New Jersey
A few weeks ago I went out for lunch with a co-worker. On the way back I came to a 4 way stop. I made a complete stop, let a truck go through the intersection and then proceeded through. I looked to the left of me and their was an suv headed straight for me I made it through the intersection and lightly tapped the brakes thinking I was going to be hit. I'd rather be stopped then pushed into something else. The SUV rear ended me. The police got on scene and deemed it 50/50 the other driver said I changed direction and was on the phone. Neither are true the direction he said i was going to go (right turn) was in no way the direction of my work building.
I didn't report this to my insurance I have had past accidents and decided to just pay myself. The bumper is already fixed.
However a few days later I received a failure to stop at a stop sign.
I don't understand how they even wrote me this ticket. I received the police report and neither the witness statement or the police report says I failed to stop at a stop sign. Now whether the accident was my fault or not this ticket has nothing to do with. I need to go to court and beat this ticket especially when I'm not guilty!
Paying for a lawyer for this would be a waste of time and money mite as well just pay the ticket and the ridiculous insurance rate if i was to pay a lawyer. I need to know how to win this case in court.
I'll be doing research all day on the "Failure to stop at a stop sign" ticket in NJ. Any help from you guys would be great. I'm not sure how to prove I made the stop but then again theirs no way for the officer to prove I didn't he wasn't even in the area until after the accident.
Thanks for your help.
Ok let me clear up the accident scene for all of you.
After talking to my parents and everything they decided that i shouldnt have hit the brakes. But again this is me beating the stop sign ticket. Not getting reimbursed for the repairs.
The accident occurred AFTER I got through the 4 way stop intersection. I was head straight through and the car I let go was the one to my left. He was their first. The car behind the guy I let go, who i did not see until I was 3/4 the way through the intersection was almost 2 feet away from my driver side rear door. I then thinking I was going to be hit (already through the intersection) I lightly stepped on the brakes (thinking of getting hit i didn't want to be pushed into anything) and the guy who was now almost directly behind me but still angled making his left turn ran into my rear bumper on the driver side.