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Car accident = Misdemeanor?

superlative828superlative828 Posts: 34- Junior Member
edited December 2012 in Common Application
On Wednesday, I was involved in my first car accident, as I rear-ended another car.

I was in a right-turn yield lane. There was a tow truck in front of me, and I assumed he pulled out of the yield lane and made his turn, so I started to look to my left to see when I should make my turn. But, a second later, I heard a thud, as I bumped into the tow truck which was still in the lane. The hood of my car crumpled, but there was no damage whatsoever to the tow truck since my car hit the steel metal beam in the back of the truck. Luckily, no one was hurt and the guy in the two truck was really chill about what had happened. He told me that he had seen worse and we just joked about the thing until the police arrived.

The accident is definitely my fault. There really is no excuse for hitting something that is in front of me... I got a ticket for inattentive driving and I am planning on pleading "no contest." I have the police report and I have a court date set, but it is not until January after all of my college applications are due.

On the Common App, it says to list if I have been convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime. Do I have to list this car accident down? Is this a misdemeanor? I think inattentive driving would just be a traffic violation, right? It does not go on criminal history or anything. I think it would be silly to check off that box on the Common App, when that same box is used by kids who stole from stores, assaulted people, or committed more serious offenses.
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Replies to: Car accident = Misdemeanor?

  • 0polo00polo0 Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
    Hahaha no one is going to check up on auto reports, my friend. An accident is an accident, and is not a misdimeanor unless there is intent involved and you are charged with a crime. I've been in two accidents and I'm applying to college just like you (except mine were both not my fault, haha.) I've even been in an accident with a cop. Things happen. It won't affect you, you should NOT put it in your commonapp and they will not know.
  • elmohasagunelmohasagun Posts: 63Registered User Junior Member
    it asks if you have been CONVICTED. Have you been convicted? No, even if you will that will not happen until January.
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