Did you ever wonder what was it about your lane change that made it unsafe?
What was it that the law enforcement (LE) officer saw that made them ticket
you for an unsafe lane change? The thing about most tickets such as these
is that they are subjective. It is the opinion of the LE officer that
your lane change was unsafe and if you wish to fight the ticket you will
have to convince the judge that you made a safe lane change or there were
mitigating circumstances for your maneuver you believe you made to prevent
harm, or that the opinion of the LE officer was somehow flawed.
Challenge the LE Officer’s Opinion
As soon as possible after receiving an unsafe lane change ticket, you should
journalize everything that happened. The use of bullets is the most effective
method to get your mind working to capture the events as they happened.
This is not the time to write down everything perfectly, just write it
down and let your mind explore the incidents as they happened.
Draw a Diagram to Illustrate the “Unsafe Lane Change”
After you have journalized as much as you can remember, start drawing some
diagrams about how your car was positioned on the highway compared to
where the car you were passing and where the LE officer’s car was.
If you can show that you had a much better view of the situation than
the LE officer, you may be able to convince the judge their vision of
the incident was not as good as yours. Perhaps the LE officer was in a
vehicle ahead of you on the highway and he would have had to look in the
rearview mirror to get a look at your actions. You could argue that their
view was hampered because they had to look back and concentrate on the
road ahead simultaneously making their assessment of an unsafe lane change flawed.
Take statements from everyone that was in your car or witnessed the incident,
even the little ones may have something to say that could help your defense.
Perhaps the other car was crowding you or there was an animal in the road.
This may help justify your unsafe lane change to save the life of an animal.
Get pictures of the area right after the ticket, or go back to the scene
where you were ticketed and get pictures that might help you justify your
actions. If you drive this road to and from work every day and a new no
passing sign was just installed, take a picture of the sign and explain
to the judge it was just installed and you did not see it until after
the ticket, and if it had been two days earlier the maneuver would have
been legal. If that is relevant.
Those trials you see on TV bear no resemblance to real traffic courts,
if you think you are going to calmly explain to the judge what happened,
chances are that is not going to happen. Everything in traffic court moves
too fast. So, rehearse what you are going to say and limit it to a few minutes.
Contact Bigger & Harman, APC
Unsafe passing or justified reaction? If you thought you would be hit by
a driver you thought was drunk, hastily passing that vehicle and speeding
away could have been in your opinion the only proper way to diffuse the
Not every ticket is worth fighting, but when it could lead to a suspension
or will substantially increase your insurance rates, it might be necessary.
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When you need assistance with an unsafe lane change ticket in Bakersfield,
LA, SLO, or another SoCal county, call an expert team of professionals.
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