Prescott, AZ asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Arizona

Q: I got into my first accident and was cited for running a red light. What do I do now?

Today I got an accident when I turned left onto a controlled intersection, as soon as my car crossed into it, the light turned red. As I nearly completed my turn, a car from the rightmost side of the opposing way street hit the side of my car. I even saw the car moving towards my position as I almost completed my turn, which prompted me to hit the brakes, but the car continued to hit right onto my side. Luckily, there was minimal damage to both cars, and both drivers sustained no injury. However, the other driver was convincing the operator and the police that it was I that hit her. At the end, she was not given anything other than a contact card from the police, while I was cited for running a red light, despite me explaining to the officer that the light turned red as soon as I entered the intersection, and did not want to stop in the middle of obscuring traffic, which he also stated that in violation as well. I have no idea what to do, and this is my first citation..

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: See if there was an intersection camera.Act fast,request in person. If the light normally would go yellow you have a problem as you entered the intersection on a yellow. However worth a consult with an attorney. If you were hurt, contact a member of the Az Trial Lawyers Assn--they give free consults--as you may have an argument that you had "position" on the other driver.

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