I live in Washington State and was in a car accident two days ago. I was traveling east at approximately 25 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour speed limit area. I noticed, to my right, approximately 100 kids and several adult chaperones walking down the sidewalk. I glanced at the long line of kids, glanced back to the road, and saw nothing but the back of a GMC truck/suv in front of me. I screamed, had no time to react by slamming on my brakes or turning the wheel, and rear-ended the GMC at full force. The GMC was stopped in the road, waiting for the last in the line of kids to cross a crosswalk to turn right onto a side street. I have no idea if his blinker was on or not.
I was ticketed for following too close...rcw 46.61.145. It is the opinion of another person's post I read on another accident related forum that 'you can't follow something that's not moving' and that there's a chance I could contest it in court. The court where I have to mail my ticket does 'hearings by mail', included contested hearings, where I can explain/dispute the situation in writing.
Anyone have any idea what my chances are? Both myself and the other party who owns the GMC are fully insured....99% of the damage was to the front end of my vehicle. The other party's vehicle literally had a couple of small dings/dents and that's all. That doesn't excuse my distraction by the throng of children on the side of the road, but because the other party's vehicle was stopped in the road waiting to negotiate a right turn, does the 'following too closely' rule really apply here?