My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: CA
I would like to know if I would have a realistic chance fighting this citation as I do believe I did everything I could to make a safe lane change. Furthermore, due to the fact that I did not see him I believe he was cutting thru the traffic himself.
21658(a)VC - Unsafe Lane Change
Dash thru Speed, Approx. P.F./Max Spd., Veh Lmt., Safe,
As I was approaching a red light in a congested intersection I slowed-down and signaled to move into the left turning lane once traffic moved (light turned green). As the the light turned yellow an approaching car slowed-down and waved me into their lane. I completely (slowly) merged into the lane and stopped (light turned red); then I heard a motorcycle cops' horn. I waited thru the light made my left turn and drove out about 50ft before the cop signaled me to pull over.
The cop approached my car; took my info and told me I nearly sideswiped him. I apologized and explained to him that I did not see him when I looked over my shoulder; he must have been in my blind-spot. He wrote-up the citation and told me to look harder next time and that his heart was still racing. I apologized again and reiterated the fact that I did look over my shoulder and did not see him. He told me "it happens to all of us."