Thank you for the additional information. First, I would probably see if the other driver actually shows up. Since when it comes to accidents, the officer who writes the ticket typically doesn't actually see the conduct that caused the accident (as opposed to say, a speeding
ticket where the officer actually sees someone speeding), it is generally necessary for the other driver to actually show up to testify that you were driving carelessly. If the other driver doesn't show up, the ticket may be dismissed. If somehow the prosecutor is able to try to go forward on the ticket, meaning the other driver shows up or the officer can contribute something other than what the other driver said, then I would simply try to plea bargain down the ticket to a lesser offense and/or a reduced fine
. If you have a good driving record and show up to court, the court will usually give you a better outcome than if you just paid the ticket or pleaded guilty. The downside is that you could be assessed the same fine as before plus court costs, but typically (not always), the court will give something better than you would get just pleading guilty and/or paying the citation
, particularly if your record is good. You can also take the case to trial if you wish, and it is possible that the court will find you not guilty based on your recitation of the events...that being that you checked the lane and checked your blind spot before proceeding with the lane change. It is up to you how to proceed, but it is possible that once you get to court, the charge may either be dismissed or reduced.