My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: Florida, Orange County.
After looking to make sure there was no one coming in the lane I wanted to enter, I merged into traffic to my right, entering into the flow of traffic in the left most lane. After having already entered traffic and moving forward, a car in the middle lane scrapped the right side of my car while apparently talking on his cell phone, its not clear if he wanted to change lanes or simply sucks at staying in his but he was still talking on his cellphone without hands free when we pulled over and got out.
Anyway, very minor cosmetic dmg with no witnesses, but the trooper assigned blame to me saying it was my responsibility to yield to traffic. A point which I am well aware, but the thing is I was already in traffic and it was the other driver's negligence that caused the accident in the first place, at what point after entering traffic am I considering part of it? Surely other drivers don't have a free license to run into anyone they see that recently got onto the highway?
Any information that might help me if I wanted to goto court to address the civil penalty? I find it hard to believe that despite doing nothing wrong I'm now liable for damages to both cars, insurance rate spikes and a $164 civil penalty... Thats not even counting the day's wages I lose for going to court instead regardless if I win or lose. I thought the legal system was suppose to aid in the pursuit of justice, could it really be so blind to this type of abuse?
Really makes a guy wanna drive into unsuspecting traffic as they enter the highway, "Sorry Officer I thought they would yield when I changed lanes into them"