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Old 09-06-2018, 08:19 AM
 
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I was in a bad accident last Thursday, I dropped my son off at school and was driving to work. It was a very sunny day and as I was driving a Lower Paxon Township flagger was standing in the middle of the road, I didn't see him until I got too close, I swerved and hit a LP Township truck sitting in the right land. My airbag deployed and I ended up with burns and abrasions all over my arms. I was very sore for days. Thankfully the seat belt saved me. I was given a citation by the LP police department for "Driving vehicle at safe speed", the offense itself says, Drove vehicle at a speed greater than was reasonable under conditions and caused a crash with a parked vehicle. My concern is the LP Township workers did not have any signs indicating they were doing road work at that time. This happened around 7:30 in the morning. I know this road so well, I grew up in this area. I know there are divets in the road and that wildlife can jump out at any given moment. I know I was not speeding, when the officer explained the traffic citation he said I was going 45 miles an hour, it does not say that on the ticket. I know for a fact I wasn't going that fast. I am thinking of fighting this, I would love to hear from anyone who can give me some advice or their thoughts on this particular subject.

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Old 09-06-2018, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, Hilly South, Land of Doors
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Sounds like you have a legitimate defense. Police ticket was probably issued to cover their a** and the township's. saying it's your fault and hoping you just pay it and don't fight it. Hope you're ok. Seek a good lawyer. Edgar Snyder's office has some excellent attorneys. He no longer practices from what I know. Are you seeking damages for pain, suffering, ongoing health issues? What would be your goal in fighting it? If it 's just to avoid the cost of the ticket you might just want to pay it. Good luck.
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Old 09-06-2018, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Downtown Cranberry Twp.
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Any time you’re in an accident that is your fault you get a citation. They’re going to tell you that you should’ve been in control of your vehicle whether there were signs or not. It won’t hurt to fight it but the way I understand it, you’re going to lose.
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Old 09-06-2018, 08:51 AM
 
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I was off work for 3 days and I would like to seek damages as well. My car was completely totaled and I was financing it so I am a little bit upside down on it. I would like to go after them but I feel it's there word against mine. I have been looking for the laws on road construction. There were no signs indicating any road work let alone a flagger was standing in the middle of the road. I have never a traffic violation and I really would like to continue with that. It's not even paying the ticket that bothers me, it's the fact that no one asked me what happened, they took the word of the LP township.
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:05 AM
 
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I just wonder how on a sunny day you missed seeing a flagger in what I assume was a bright orange jacket in the middle of the road. Good luck and sorry for you’re poor luck
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, Hilly South, Land of Doors
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I was off work for 3 days and I would like to seek damages as well. My car was completely totaled and I was financing it so I am a little bit upside down on it. I would like to go after them but I feel it's there word against mine. I have been looking for the laws on road construction. There were no signs indicating any road work let alone a flagger was standing in the middle of the road. I have never a traffic violation and I really would like to continue with that. It's not even paying the ticket that bothers me, it's the fact that no one asked me what happened, they took the word of the LP township.
Don't spend too much time researching. Let the lawyers handle the work if you're going to fight it.
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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Does anyone know of any good traffic law attorneys in the Harrisburg, PA area?
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:55 AM
 
Location: East End, Pittsburgh
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Does anyone know of any good traffic law attorneys in the Harrisburg, PA area?
Why would we, this is the Pittsburgh forum? This post shouldn't even be here.
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Old 09-06-2018, 10:38 AM
 
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You need to be in control of your car, you are lucky you didn't hit the flagger or one of the workers. I do flagging occasionally and it is amazing how many times I almost get hit even with the proper signage.
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Old 09-06-2018, 11:10 AM
 
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I just wonder how on a sunny day you missed seeing a flagger in what I assume was a bright orange jacket in the middle of the road. Good luck and sorry for you’re poor luck
It actually is a lot harder to see on sunny than cloudy days, and there are higher accident rates when it's sunny. (Perhaps our high rate of cloudy days isn't so bad after all!)

OP, I'm glad you're OK.
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