I was in an accident a week ago where I rear ended someone and ended up with a careless driving ticket. I was driving towards a light that had just turned green. The cars ahead of me were increasing in speed from stop to go. I slowed down but not anticipating a stop because traffic had begun moving at the green light. The person ahead of me was not speeding up as fast as I thought they were so I was like "I'll just change lanes". I was in the middle lane and was going to move to the left or right lane but then I panicked because I thought there were cars beside me in the other lanes. As a result I decided to slam on the brakes but it was too late and I hit the car ahead of me. The damage to their car was minor and my car suffered significant damage to the front of it (old car, write off). I am wondering if there's any advice I can get for eliminating or at least reducing my careless driving ticket. I was just offered a Summons to court rather than a physical ticket. Thanks.
Former Ontario Police Officer. Advice will become less relevant as the time goes by !
However insurance rates convictions as either MINOR, MAJOR or SERIOUS. Careless is SERIOUS, the same as a DUI and will cause HUGE increases in your insurance. A MINOR is like a speeding ticket... it might cause a small increase over three years (or none at all for some people). So in a case like this, it is probably worth taking a MINOR versus going to trial and risking the possibility of a SERIOUS if you lose.
+++ This is not legal advice, only my opinion +++