i recieved a careless driving ticket last month when i hit a girl in the rear end. now she says she is hurt and obtained a lawyer. should i get a lawyer also to plead not guily or go at this alone and plead guilty. the fine is $85.00 but iam afraid they might suspend my license if i plead guilty. i have a clean driving record. this was in nj. also she told me 3 times she was ok till her girlfriends came running over from bar thats when she told police she was hurt. i think she is scamming me.also she lied to insurance claims adjuster and said whole side of her car was damaged from collision. i hit her at 5 mph i have hardly any damage on my car.
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i recieved a careless driving ticket last month when i hit a girl in the rear end. now she says she is hurt and obtained a lawyer. should i get a lawyer also to plead not guily or go at this alone and plead guilty. I'd getting the lawyer so you can seek to get something not as bad as a careless, if possible - but since there was an Accident, that may be a tall order - and if you do end up pleading guilty, inquire about doing so "with a civil reservation" so your plea can not later be used in a civil negligence suit against you (which is apparently in the works) as conclusive proof of your guilty on liability for causing the accident (or being careless)...You basically ask the Judge, at the time you plead in open court, if you may do so with a Civil Reservation.....
the fine is $85.00 but iam afraid they might suspend my license if i plead guilty. If that is your only points, that is unlikely. I do not see that happen.
i have a clean driving record. this was in nj.
also she told me 3 times she was ok Don't worry about her, she is either hurt or she is not. Some injuries are not evidence right away, such as whiplash injuries to the neck...... Or, she is looking for some $$. Hard to tell.
till her girlfriends came running over from bar thats when she told police she was hurt. i think she is scamming me. Don't get to stressed, it is frustrating but part of life in NJ - your OWN insurance company who you report the accident to will provide you with a free lawyer who will defend the case. The insurance co. will either settle with her after it sees evidence of injury (medical treatement) or it will refuse to, she will sue you, and the insurance company will provide you a lawyer to handle the case. If you lose, the carrier will pay the jury award UP TO the amount of the insurance you paid for.
also she lied to insurance claims adjuster and said whole side of her car was damaged from collision.They have pictures, so that won't get her far. Try not to worry about it. It is also helpful to use your cell phone camera at the time of the collision, to phto graph or video the damage
i hit her at 5 mph i have hardly any damage on my car.It CAN cause signifiant damage, nonetheless, to a tin can car, but again, the carrier will figure out what the real damage is, based on which part of each vehicle came into contact. If there is a trial, the officer will testify as to what she told him.
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