Hey folks, perhaps someone can clarify exactly what constitutes an accident which would result in a point on a California DMV driving record.
Last year, I was the victim of hit-and-run by some guy who passed me on the left hand shoulder of an interstate highway, hitting me along the way. I ended up having to cut off another vehicle (but did not cause contact) when the guy on the shoulder moved back into my lane.
The third person and I followed the truck who hit me for about 15 minutes while on the phone with 911. We eventually ended up corralled by the police once they were able to locate us by my phone directions as we drove around.
After much pleading from me, the CHP took a report of the incident. However, they decided that since the third party (that I had to cut off) thought we were racing (or "playing tag with our vehicles" as he put it!) that I must've been at fault as well. Both the truck who hit me and myself were charged with reckless driving.
I recently pled to reduced charges of 22350 & 22107 just to be done with this issue. However, I still have a point on my license for the accident. The damage is negligable, and both the truck and the witness thought it didn't occur. The report claims that I was "an associated factor in this collision by driving in violation of CVC 22350".
Back to the question at hand: what will it take to get this accident off my record? I'm coming up on a negligent driver suspension (4pts: two old speeding tickets, the new charge I pled to, and the accident). Shouldn't you only get points for at-fault accidents? Does the "associated factor" make it such that I should get a point?
I'm willing to claim the accident didn't happen (their insurance already denied my claim) if there's some way to make it go away. The DMV mentioned that if I could get the CHP to fill out a DL208, I could make it disappear. I can't imagine they'll do that though.
Any suggestions? I have a DMV hearing on Tuesday and I'll try to go to the CHP tomorrow...
Thanks ever so much!