My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Virginia
My court date is this coming monday and was wondering if I should contest the ticket in court or pay the fine. The ticket came as a result of an accident I had when my car lost traction on a wet (it was raining) dicey pot-hole ridden highway ramp. It was a two-lane ramp, as soon as the car skid my car began swerving (I think I oversteered it while trying to gain back control). I tried really hard to steer it to the left to avoid hitting the car in right lane beside me..ended up side swiping said car. The damage was considerable to their left passenger door, stayed there on the scene and we called the cops.
I read somewhere that these "failure to maintain control" tickets are given out after accidents as standard protocol, but usually get dismissed/thrown out.
I feel like my oversteering led to the ticket..what should I do? Is it worth it to explain my story again (stating the weather factor, road conditions) in court or should I just pay the fine? Also, I don't have the best driving record (I'm 20 and have two other tickets), I feel like the judge will sway towards keeping the fine. If I explain my side of the story, what are the chances the judge will reduce the fine? Also, what are the chances of the ticket being dismissed if the cop does not show up?
All help is appreciated, thanks!