I was involved in a car accident and I was charged with an improper turn. Could I fight the charge in court under the circumstances of that accident?

At the time of 3 AM (low visability & wet roads from rain earlier in the night) I entered an intersection from a stop sign and as I entered the road I was struck by a vehicle driving down from behind the hill which I had not seen prior to the accident. I want to plead not guilty, but in doing so, what are my chances of successfully reducing liability or even succeeding in fighting the charge? If I can’t fight the charge then it’ll be difficult for my insurance company to reduce liability. I can’t afford a lawyer and I’m not sure if I can procure one to work on a contingency with little to gain

Asked on July 1, 2009 under Criminal Law, Connecticut

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area of the law.  I actually deal with this on a daily basis and am in courts all over the state helping various clients of mine.  I suggest pleading not guilty.  The,  get a copy of a letter from your insurance carrier showing that on the day of the accident you and the car was insured.  Show this to the state's atty.  Hopefully they will see you have insurance and will nolle it where you are not required to pay anything.  If you are able to borrow money to hire a lawyer i would be happy to help you here.  Just call and ask for jared 860-214-1137.  Otherwise, i wish you luck.  You should be able to do this on your own, but i am more than happy to help.


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