My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: Washington
My mom is contesting a ticket she received following a three car accident on the freeway. The ticket is for driving too close. She was at fault for the collision (rear-ended the car in front of her who rear-ended the next car). It was raining and traffic was stop and go. Traffic started to speed up and she was driving about 35 miles when she hit stalled traffic. She was unable to brake in time and hit the car that was stopped in front of her.
We were wondering if it is a valid argument (to fight the traffic violation in court) to say the accident was not caused by her following the car in front of her too closely (which by the way was not witnessed by the citing officer) but was caused b/c traffic was at a complete standstill and she did not brake in time. Can she be cited for following too closely when that is not what actually happened (even though she did cause the accident)?
Any advice would be great!