Kansas  |  Traffic Law

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Asked on: 10/27/11, 9:48 am

My husband was involved in a traffic accident yesterday. He drives a semi, and has never had an acccident or even a ticket in 25+ years of driving. He was stopped at a t intersection, he came to a complet stop at the stop sign, the ffross traffic did not have a stop sign. There were other trucks trying to turn left onto the street my husband was turning left off of. They could not make the turn until he turned, the motioned him to go ahead, he looked to his left and the the street was clear he went to make his turn. His trailer was completely loaded and was going less than 5 MPH to make the turn. He had nearly completed his left turn, when a pick up came at a high rate of speed down the street that did not have to stop, she slammed on her breaks, but due to several factors, bald tires, rain and speed she while trying to stop and turn to the right to avoid his semi her truck appeared to hydroplane and slid into the back of my husbands trailer, pinning her truck under the trailer, luckily from all we have heard she is fine, no major injuries and nothing life threatening. Based on the pics taken at the scene, and according to the officers who responded my husband truck was 7/8 turned and only a small portion of his trailer was still in the intersection at the time of impact. According to the officer he had to issue a ticket to my husband for not yeilding the right of way, however my husband intends to fight the ticket in court, due to alos being told by officers that the driver of the pick would be issued several tickets based on the visible evidence at the scene, excessive speed for the conditions, speeding, no seat belt etc. Now here is my question, why wouldthe ticket be issued in the first place to my husband? And secondly is fighting this ticket in court worth the expense of having to go to another town, can he beat it. He is pretty tore up since in his opinion he did nothing wrong and it will affect his driving record both personally and with DOT. Thanks!

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