Was involved in acccident while turning right on red (allowed in State of GA) other vehicle was 1/2 block to my left. My turn took 5 seconds? Once on a straight away and starting to accelerate, vehicle (10 seconds before was 1/2 block down the road) came past the left of my car and sheared off the front fender of my car Chrysler 2002 300M. Vehicle (Honda Accord 2009) stopped in front of me, partially on grassy part of sidewalk in front of fire hydrant. Driver got out with cell phone still in use. Totall well.
I never touched her car - driver of Honda did damage to mine and also her car (extensively).But I was at fault ending up behind her.
She gave false testimony to police. Per accident report I hit her in the intersection and then again in the rear of her car - Later I was able to see full view of rear of her vehicle, no damage at all.
After walking around talking on cell phone, not with law, I called 911, someone suggested she take a seat in her car (no air bag in action) and after police arrived she was gingerly lifted into an ambulance.
I was given small paper with informationr regarding other party. No ticket. Requested one as I intended to go to court, proving my innocence. Deputy delivered ticket to my residence - "Failure to heed right of way".
I requested bench trial (saves money for taxpayers) I felt I was right. Judge informed me that I was guilty per Georgia Law Title 40, Chapter 6, Article 6. (Nowhere could I find any information regarding turn on red light with vehicle coming 1/2 a block away.) Not only did I have to pay $500 deductible per my agreement with my insurance co. but I received only one sheet of paper from the insurance co. informing me of the cost that the "victim" had accumulated, over $7,000 in medical expenses. I was not permitted to find out the cost of damages to her car nor any pictures of the damage. Failed to mention I was fined $50 which was waived (thanked the Judge for a late Mother's Day present).
I have nothing against the Judge as I assumed he knew the law - but I cannot find anything in writing that tells me so. Can someone suggest where I might look for the right answer? Don't mind taking the blame if I am at fault but to have to put up with someone lying to a police officer just does not sit well with me.
If someone can give me advice? I would be very grateful! AEW