Brockton, MA asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts

Q: I hit a pole while driving during a rainy night, the officers came unexpectedly and I told them my mom texted me.

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Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Acton, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: There isnt really a question here. However if you appeal the ticket and go to the clerk's hearing there is a decent chance they will give you a break if you havent had any driving infractions before, on the distracted driving aspect. However, there can be some complications with insurance surcharges for you being at fault in the accident, but you needed to be More than 50% at fault so go back and see if the area was lit sufficiently at night and be able to testify about it. Replacement of telephone poles is expenbsive and your insurance may have to pay for that as well as the damage to the car. Your mom should not be yelling at you either, if she was texting you while you were driving it is as much her bad as yours. What isnt clear here is whether you are an under 21 driver which could matter to the clerks decision process.

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