My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: Florida
I was driving up a hill on a rather rainy day, traveling about 30-35 MPH, (speed limit was 35). After reaching the top of the hill, I could see traffic ahead of me (about a line of 5-7 cars 100 yards or so ahead of me) was coming to a stop because of the red light. I began to apply my brakes about 70 yards away, and at this point all traffic ahead of me was completely stopped or VERY close to it. The hill was at a decently steep decline (35 degrees or so) and roads were rather wet. After applying more pressure to my brakes (not slamming), the tires lost traction and I hydroplaned 40 yards into the car in front of me. No one in front of me slammed on their brakes, nor did I, and I had all the time to brake and decide what to do. I could not go into the left lane because of traffic, and to my right was a wall so I did what I could to avoid the other driver's car by turning as close to the wall as possible.
I relayed this information to the officer but he informed me he was required to ticket me because there was an accident. When I asked him about contesting it, he said he could only testify about what he saw or knew, and that was only an accident.
I know that my car struck the other driver's vehicle, but I was not following closely and had the complete capacity to stop the car, but my brakes/tires failed, which never happened before. I couldn't have any prior knowledge to use in order to properly adjust my braking or decision-making.
I've already chosen court, and my arraignment is next week. Should I bother trying to contest by myself or with a lawyer, or just plea no contest?
Thanks for the help and for reading.