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Failure To Report Accident - Jackson, Michigan

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2,472 words with 3 Comments; publish: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 09:44:00 GMT; (800140.63, « »)

I live in Jackson, Michigan and am looking for some help. I fell asleep driving home one night and hit a cast iron pole that is used to support traffic lights. The crash knocked me out and when I came to I was able to drive my car to somewhere safe and had a friend come get me. In the morning I woke up with a headache and since I have a VP shunt in my head I am required to go to the hospital if it is injured and hurts. When I went to the hospital they informed me they had to call the police since I had crashed which was fine, I had planned on informing them of the situation after I was done at the hospital but they had an officer come to the hospital. After trying to convince me that I had been drunk and not tired the officer issued me a misdemeanor ticket for faiulre to report an accident. My question is do I have a basis to challenge it because there was no damage to the poll and my car had been moved somewhere safe; and I had planned on reporting the accident after being in the hospital. It had only been 12 hours since the accident. If I do please tell me what my stance is

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    • My defense would be that I was going to call them after the hospital and let them know about the accident, but that there was no damage to the pole I hit and I took pictures of it to prove it. I didnt call the night of because I just wanted to get to a friends house and try to relax and sleep. I wasn't up for having to wait for the police to come out and fill out a report that could easily be done the next day.

      This is not really a defense.

      The charge is not reporting an accident, which you admit to.

      But these are mitigating circumstances; tell the judge when you plead guilty and back it up with copies of records, etc.

      #1; Wed, 06 Dec 2006 13:38:00 GMT
    • My defense would be that I was going to call them after the hospital and let them know about the accident, but that there was no damage to the pole I hit and I took pictures of it to prove it. I didnt call the night of because I just wanted to get to a friends house and try to relax and sleep. I wasn't up for having to wait for the police to come out and fill out a report that could easily be done the next day.
      #2; Wed, 06 Dec 2006 13:32:00 GMT
    • Do you have a resonable defense? It would depend on the code section and if case law says that it matters if it's a one car wreck with no damage to another's property. However, if I could prove where the wreck happened, I probably would have done the same thing.

      Do they know where the wreck occured?

      #3; Wed, 06 Dec 2006 13:21:00 GMT