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Old 10-07-2007, 09:00 PM   #1
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Default Fender benders stink. . .

So Friday morning while driving to school I got into an accident.

No one was hurt and the damage was not to bad but a brand new WRX was hurt. The Honda that hit me however broke an axle I know that isn't funny but it did make me smile in the whole scheme of things.

To the reason for the post: I got cited for the accident for "Failure to yield from a stop sign" and after a little research on the law 28-773B it seems to state that I would have to hit the other car when i was turning from the stop sign. The impact however was about 25 yards from the stop sign in the right lane of a two lane street. I was however crowding the line so i would not hit a biker who was on my right, I do not believe I was in her lane at all.

So i am debating if i should go to traffic court and try and fight the citation or should take the penalty and go on with my life. I am a 17 year old, this car was bought for me by my parents. So i have to also take into account that their are no witnesses besides the 40 year old and me, and last i checked i would believe that the 40 year old would be given the benefit of the doubt in this case and fault would be put to me.

Just wondering what everyone has to say about this.

Also if anyone has recommendations for body shops around the chandler, ahwatukee area that would be wonderful.

















This may just be me being paranoid but does the wheel look to be tapered in? And how could i check this myself
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:13 PM   #2
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If you feel you have a case against it, the by all means. Take it to court

I think the wheel looks fine.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:17 AM   #3
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I went to jans spectrum in Tempe after my collision and they did an awesome job.. its back to new... and it was a lot worse than that... its kinda far but you coudl check it out
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:17 AM   #4
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try traffic school. its cheap and doesnt get reported to your insurance. just remember, if you lose in court your looking at another 30-50 dollars in court fees.

but like you say you were crowding the line, you could be cited for failure to drive in one lane as well. if you were over the line then by all means the accident was your fault. you might have been cited for failure to yield because if the other person had to swerve to avoid you making the turn. if the accident resulted from that action then that would be a good ticket to give you.

was the officer a motorcycle cop? if so i wouldnt fight it, traffic enforcement and accidents are all they do.

id suck up the ticket, take traffic school so the ticket doesnt get reported to your insurance and chalk this on up to a life lesson. hell when i was your age i drove my moms car into the garage door.
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:02 AM   #5
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try traffic school. its cheap and doesnt get reported to your insurance. just remember, if you lose in court your looking at another 30-50 dollars in court fees.

but like you say you were crowding the line, you could be cited for failure to drive in one lane as well. if you were over the line then by all means the accident was your fault. you might have been cited for failure to yield because if the other person had to swerve to avoid you making the turn. if the accident resulted from that action then that would be a good ticket to give you.

was the officer a motorcycle cop? if so i wouldnt fight it, traffic enforcement and accidents are all they do.

id suck up the ticket, take traffic school so the ticket doesnt get reported to your insurance and chalk this on up to a life lesson. hell when i was your age i drove my moms car into the garage door.
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:51 PM   #6
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try traffic school. its cheap and doesnt get reported to your insurance. just remember, if you lose in court your looking at another 30-50 dollars in court fees.

but like you say you were crowding the line, you could be cited for failure to drive in one lane as well. if you were over the line then by all means the accident was your fault. you might have been cited for failure to yield because if the other person had to swerve to avoid you making the turn. if the accident resulted from that action then that would be a good ticket to give you.

was the officer a motorcycle cop? if so i wouldnt fight it, traffic enforcement and accidents are all they do.

id suck up the ticket, take traffic school so the ticket doesnt get reported to your insurance and chalk this on up to a life lesson. hell when i was your age i drove my moms car into the garage door.
Yes i have decided to take traffic school and move on with my life.

It was however not a motorcycle cop he was in a police interceptor = D

Also the accident was not from me turning at all i was on the road well away from the stop sign that is the reason i would want to go to court about it.
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Old 10-08-2007, 08:54 PM   #7
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try traffic school. its cheap and doesnt get reported to your insurance. just remember, if you lose in court your looking at another 30-50 dollars in court fees.

if you were over the line then by all means the accident was your fault.
ah the law cracks me up... unless he was 6 feet over the line, there is no WAY the other car should have hit him. thats like the retards that take left turns into the middle lane and almost hit you.. was it my fault for being right on the crosswalk and next to the yellow? noooooooooo
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:09 AM   #8
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I'm sorry to hear what happened.

If you need a left fender and potentially door I have both, mint condition. Silver 06 WRX parts, perfect fit to the 07, a great start to a crumby occurrence.

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Old 10-09-2007, 05:01 AM   #9
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ah the law cracks me up... unless he was 6 feet over the line, there is no WAY the other car should have hit him. thats like the retards that take left turns into the middle lane and almost hit you.. was it my fault for being right on the crosswalk and next to the yellow? noooooooooo
Well he stated he moved over to avoid a bicycle in the road and "crowded the line" and in the process got in an accident with another car. If the other driver stated he crossed the line and he stated he "crowded" the line, then he basically admitted he caused the accident. People seem to think cops can magically see into the past and know exactly what happened. We have to go by evidence and witness statement.

If I showed up to the scene and saw a black WRX that was driving in the curb lane with damage on the front left fender and the driver stated he had to move over to pass a bicycle, and the other driver has damage to the right side and they say he came into my lane...all the evidence and statements point to him crossing the line.

As far as the stop sign thing. 25 yards is pretty close to the intersection and could very well be considered "intersection related" depending on the actual distance and configuration of the intersection. Now if the other driver stated to the officer they had to change speed/direction/lane because you pulled out that would be not "yielding to through traffic".

It sounds like the officer did a pretty good job of letting you off light. Im pretty sure if he wanted to he could have written you a few more tickets.
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:32 PM   #10
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It sounds like the officer did a pretty good job of letting you off light. Im pretty sure if he wanted to he could have written you a few more tickets.
Sorta figured this so a lot of nodding and yes sir's were coming out of my mouth.


Also some more suggestions for auto body shops would be wonderful most of them i have gone too seemed a bit... sleazy.
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Old 10-10-2007, 02:35 AM   #11
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similar thing happened to me, it sucks man.
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Old 10-10-2007, 05:08 AM   #12
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My wife took her Mustang to a place on 75th av a little south of Bell Rd. Its across the street from the ice skating place. They did an awesome job. Some dude trusted them with an old school car show quality Mustang GT 500 that was absolutely beautiful.
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