Fighting a Traffic Ticket for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian

Driving in a city presents a whole bag of problems that are not always present in suburban or rural areas. Road ways are tight, traffic is often backed up and you also have the added issue of pedestrians. Getting a ticket for failure to yield pedestrian areas can be a little aggravating especially if you believe that you were not in the wrong. Of course, you can fight the ticket but make sure you understand why the police officer ticketed you in the first place.

When Pedestrians Have the Right of Way

Failure to yield to a pedestrian is dangerous. Damages, injuries, even accidental manslaughter can be the result. You can avoid such consequences by knowing when and where you need to yield. The basic answer is, whenever a pedestrian is present and in your path you need to yield. You do not want to hit some guy walking across the street just because he does not have the legal right of way. Pedestrians always have the right of way but for the sake of fighting a ticket for failure to yield you should be aware of what the local traffic code says.

How to Fight

If you do believe that the ticket was not just then you can take it to court and fight it. The first step is to be calm. You do not want to appear in court angry and loud, flailing your arms about injustice. Take a breath, step back and make sure that the ticket is worth fighting.  Do a little research into the citation you are charged with. Make sure that you are not actually in the wrong and that the police officer was correct in issuing the ticket. If you still want to take it to court, gather evidence, testimonials, and even eyewitness accounts if at all possible. You will want to demonstrate to the judge that the officer did not have a good view or understanding of the situation.

Get a Lawyer

A lawyer will be able to break down the traffic law for you so you can understand why you were ticketed. If the lawyer feels that you can beat the ticket he will then help you to gather evidence and paperwork that will help your case. It’s hard to fight a ticket, especially one that involves failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian. Just be patient and calm and if you are lucky you might be able to abolish the ticket or get it reduced.

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