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You can certainly argue that the mistakes that the officer made in the details on your ticket. However, most judges give the officer leeway when it comes to making mistakes in writing the ticket. I would mention but I would not harp on or hammer that point home. What I would do is bring those pictures and present them and make sure the person who took the pictures are there if he wasn't you. The one picture that really stands out is from behind where the accident occurred which shows that the tractor-trailer struck your car about three quarters of the way down from the trailer.You are absolutely correct that the cop asked for a continuance quietly because they could not make out their case. In fact, there is no way that the officer can make out the case because they did witness what happened. They come upon an accident after that occurred and talk to both participants and maybe a witness and then decide who to site. I agree I do not understand why you were cited with following too closely. If anyone would've been cited is be the tractor-trailer for making an improper right-hand turn. My guess is they want a new date so that they can try and get the tractor-trailer driver to appear. No guarantee. I am assuming that this was the first listing. Even if you had anattorney it may have well been continued. If an attorney was there they could have certainly argued for the case to be dismissed since the state was not prepared to proceed. However, I have had many cases continued the deity hearing for the state claiming not to be ready.The key here is to point out that the tractor-trailer was making a right-hand turn from a straight driving lane. You also want to make sure whether or not the turn signal of the trailer was on. If it was, then they could argue that you were following too closely. However, I'm going to assume that the turn signal was not on.