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Old 07-19-2013, 02:56 PM   #29
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I had a similar situation, just not traffic related, where I had sworn affidavits from witnesses who could not show thrown out. If the council from the other side can't reexamine, then they can't be used.
There is no council. Just you and the judge, that's it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:01 PM   #30
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I think we have found the root of the issue. The witnesses did not attend court. The written statements are not valid. From the Judge's perspective it was your word against hers. In a case like this, you have little hope. Would it have turned out differently with a dash cam? I'd guess yes. You collected the video, so you can be questioned on its authenticity. The video is your electronic witness.

Its tough to get witnesses to show. Traffic court is a big time waster. You blow several hours to get your 5 minutes in front of the judge. If you have a huge insurance premium hike coming your way, its worth taking the time. Otherwise, forget it.

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PS. Are there any Lawyers out there who can verify my interpretation?
Written statements are valid, they just didn't care. It was made quite clear, if you hit somebody from behind, you were at fault.

Something similar happened to my mom. She signaled to change lanes, had plenty of room, but when she started, the guy in the other lane floored it to get by her before she moved over. He slid on the ice, slammed into a light pole, which ended up landing on our minivan. There were five of us in the car, plus the county highway department guys in front of their building as witnesses. Again, that was irrelevant, because he had control of the lane. It didn't matter if he floored it and lost control, we were at fault.
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I told you it's your fault.

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I told you it's your fault.

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Who gave you the right to go around using my wife's line.

I need a forehead cam to record some of our conversations too, methinks.
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Who gave you the right to go around using my wife's line.

I need a forehead cam to record some of our conversations too, methinks.
If you think the judge was tough......
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I have a dash cam for over a year now and love it. Never needed the video but bought it after I got rammed by a "hit and run" car and only ONE person of the dozens who saw the accident stopped and told the cop what happened otherwise I think my insurance company would not have believed me. IMO
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If you think the judge was tough......
No doubt.
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I believe the fashion for dashcams in Russia (apart from providing Westerners with a monthly dose of feeling-superior videos...) is not just because of civil liability but also to protect the driver from the possible actions of the traffic police who were inclined to find wealthy drivers responsible for various crimes that payment of an "on the spot fine" would wipe away......
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I dunno man. It really sucks that you were found at fault but it sounds like you needed a better lawyer...or a dash cam to show what happened. Did these eye witnesses show up for your court date? Was the officer who responded to the accident there in court also? A quick accident reconstruction showing you in the left lane, cars traveling at same speed in the right lane (probably blocking her view of you), and then her cutting across and stopping in your lane, could have easily convinced a judge who was at fault.
If found at fault he could ask for a jury trial and the video would win it there.
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If found at fault he could ask for a jury trial and the video would win it there.
And, if he loses, get charged with court costs, not insignificant, and have to pay cost of his lawyer and the other guy's lawyer, and damages.
Assuming he has insurance, that's a considerable risk, for a small prize.
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