What would you do? The other driver LIED to the police.
A long story short. I was involved in a car accident at the end of June. The other party was clearly at fault (without a turn signal, and speeding, they crossed over a double yellow line into my lane, then slammed on their brakes to avoid hitting a deer. This caused me to rear end them because they flew in front of me and I had no time to react). I was injured. The other party was not. There were no witnesses. Due to my injuries, and pregnancy, I was taken immediately via ambulance to the hospital. The police officer gathered statements from the uninjured party who completely lied.
By time the police officer was able to see me (after I was out of surgery, done with 3 different ultrasounds, out of recovery and back into my hospital room) he stated that due to the "evidence" and talking to the other party, he was issuing me a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. Not a huge deal but very annoying, nonetheless. Furthermore, the other party lied to their insurance company as well, causing my insurance company to pay for their damages to their vehicle, as well as issue them a payout.
Today I have traffic court. I don't know what to expect, or what to do. Just show up and pay the citation ($300)? Request a continuance, hire an attorney, and try to fight this but drag it out forever?
This accident has put me through hell. I've already paid a ton of money in medical deductibles (close to $5k), and had the constant worry of having a miscarriage (of a baby that we have tried for over a year to conceive..) due to abdominal trauma. This has also caused my husband to miss several days of work, me to be on bedrest, and more. The other party, however, had zero injuries, their car was fixed and it cost them $0, and they're just living life like normal.
I don't know what to do.
UPDATE: I went to traffic court and it was really easy. The DA just asked if I had a letter from my insurance company saying that they settled with the other driver/paid his damages. I gave it to them, and they dismissed the entire ticket.
I contacted a lawyer to see if there's anything else I can do about the medical bills, etc. and we set up a consultation for Friday.
Thanks for your advice, everyone.