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Old 10-24-2014, 06:02 PM   #1
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Question Advice on traffic violation in Tok

Hello,

Earlier this year (end of august, early september) I started the ride of my life from California to Alaska and after some hard riding (weather mostly) over 14 days I reached Tok. I got some good advice from AKDuc.

It had been a great ride so far through BC and Yukon and I was ready to experience Alaska but unfortunately as I was making my way to Fairbanks from Tok I met with an accident. Just four hours after getting to Alaska!

Just outside Tok I hit a car ahead of me making a left who didn't see me at all. I was quickly taken to the Tok clinic and received fantastic care. The people were very friendly and I even got to stay at the EMT chief's house for a night until a friend came by to help me. My bike got totaled in the collision but I managed to escape with some severe sprains and bruises. Needless to say my trip ended there and I flew back to California from Anchorage without being able to see much of Alaska.

I recently received a ticket for the accident and have been held responsible for the accident. I am not sure how to go about this and there will also be a court hearing.

It would be great if anyone could give any advice/suggestions or their thoughts. Do I need a local lawyer/attorney for this or just go about it myself? You can PM me if you want.

Thanks!
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:31 PM   #2
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Question Doesn't Sound Right

While the LEOs on the list can respond with greater knowledge and authority, that ticket sounds phony if all happened as you described. Alaska law states that you must yield to overtaking traffic. As was explained to me by an Anchorage officer many years ago, that means that even if someone is passing you illegally, i.e. in a no-passing zone/with a solid yellow line on your side of center, if you turn left in front of that vehicle and a crash is the result, you are the responsible party. That was proven quite a few years ago in Glennallen when a local driver started to turn left into the side road leading to her home and was hit - very hard - by a passing semi. The woman driver was seriously injured, but due to it being her fault according to statutes, she was ticketed and the trucker's insurance did not need to pay a dime.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Oh, yes... I'll pass on your complimentary comments to the Tok EMS squad. Our local first responders are a part of the Tok EMS. They always appreciate a pat on the back.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:27 PM   #3
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You have to decide if you are going to contest the citation. It sounds as if you want to do so. That means you need to appear in person, get an attorney to appear on your behalf or do both. An attorney may be able to get the citation dismissed before going to court. ALCAN Rider or one of the other local criminals may be able to recommend an attorney, otherwise Google is your friend. I recommend getting an attorney ASAP.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:53 PM   #4
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Thanks Alcan Rider, KHuddy.

I have been debating between contesting or not. I am not sure if it's worth the time and effort. I do have some hefty points awarded to me though. From what you have mentioned it seems to make sense that I check with an attorney first.

Any recommendations?
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Old 10-24-2014, 10:23 PM   #5
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Where is the court date? makes a diff what attorney you call.

If Fairbanks I suggest William Satterberg 907 452-3988 or Merdes Law Office
These guys do accidents too: Paskvan and Ringstad but I don't know them.

You need better advice than most of us can supply.
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Old 10-24-2014, 10:29 PM   #6
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Where is the court date? makes a diff what attorney you call.
My court date is at Tok itself.

Thanks Solarmoose.
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Old 10-24-2014, 10:51 PM   #7
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I did a search for lawyers in Tok and got nothing. Fairbanks is the closest town (200 miles) that is large enough to have a selection of lawyers. Palmer and Valdez are both over 250 miles. The lawyers Solarmoose mentioned are some of the most prominent in the interior of AK. If you contact one of the Fairbanks lawyers they may know and recommend someone closer.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:03 PM   #8
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my understanding is that anytime you hit someone from the rear, you are always responsible for the accident period. My advice is to not waste your time contesting this. Contesting a ticket does not make sense if you have to spend money on an attorney to win it. Try asking a real attorney on Justanswer.com for like 15 or $30. Then you will have a real answer.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:17 PM   #9
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Clarification. Did you rear-end a car in your lane stopped to make a left turn?
Or did you hit a car in the oncoming lane turning left in front of you?

Not that I need an answer,
in fact you'd be better off not offering too much info here.

But as tiny-wheel says a rear-end is usually the fault of the driver hitting the rear of a vehicle.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:33 AM   #10
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It may be possible for you to request to "appear by phone", if you live out of country/out of state. You will need a notary to appear with you, and you may need to re-schedule your hearing, but it is worth a try. A call to the courthouse and/or letter to the judge can go along way.
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Old 10-28-2014, 02:38 PM   #11
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You may appear by phone. If you wish to contest the citation or have a lawyer help you, the court will continue the hearing to another date. The Tok court is handled by the Fairbanks court system so you should talk to an attorney from Fairbanks if you choose that route.
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So what eventually happen in this case??????????????????
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:48 PM   #13
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