(A) No person shall operate a motor vehicle, trackless trolley, streetcar, agricultural tractor, or agricultural tractor that is towing, pulling, or otherwise drawing a unit of farm machinery on any street, highway, or property open to the public for vehicular traffic without being in reasonable control of the vehicle, trolley, streetcar, agricultural tractor, or unit of farm machinery.
D-Day wrote:So, while riding my motorcycle before work last night on a section of road I was unfamiliar with, I ended up in a ditch. Walked away sore, not a scratch on me. More damage to my wallet than anything...AAA didn't cover the $150 tow, even though I'm a top level member for almost 8 years now.
Deputy said he had to cite me for failure to control. I figure I'm pretty much screwed, but is there any way to contest this or get this reduced? Will there be a harsh insurance increase, etc.?
This is my first incident of this kind. Only one speeding ticket in my life before this.
WestonDon wrote:Must have been a deer run out in the road that you swerved to avoid. Actually happens quite frequently in WC. I am sure you were shook up and forgot to mention that to the deputy.
Mustang380gal wrote:WestonDon wrote:Must have been a deer run out in the road that you swerved to avoid. Actually happens quite frequently in WC. I am sure you were shook up and forgot to mention that to the deputy.
You aren't suggesting he lie, are you?
Also against the TOS, no promotion of illegal activity.
A_F wrote:In cases like this, I had it over to an atty. $500. It either goes away completely (last time) or gets reduced (time before) or gets deferred for a year then dismissed if no further tickets (time before the time before)
A_F wrote:Did the cop see you crash or did you tell on yourself?
bearkitty wrote:First, I am VERY glad you are OK. I ditched mine once, and the first thing I thought of was to get up and moving before someone called 911. My bike was barely ride-able especially with bloodied knees, but I did ride away.
A lot of variables here:
How long have you been with your insurance co? If you've been with them a while and have not made any claims, you may skate by for another year or two before they find the citation. Most companies have a secret list of triggers or time frames for checking your records. If you have not thrown up any flags, you may be OK. Those reports are expensive and most carriers don't get them every renewal unless they have a reason to check on you. As for getting the FTC reduced, I have no idea on that.
Someone mentioned that it could count twice - 1 for the cite, 1 for the "accident". That's an Ohio thing because unlike other states, it will show up twice on your Ohio MVR. BUT, if you are not claiming damage to the bike, or to anyone else's property, you may fly under the radar on that too for a while. You may also be able to explain it away, honestly, as a no-harm/no-foul type of deal.
If your insurance company finds it and ups your rates, shop it with another agent.
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