What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Wisconsin
So I'm looking for any advice that I can get, and I really appreciate any help in advance. Hopefully I got I'm posting this in the right section too.
So I was driving home Sunday night, around 10:00 pm on a country road. I went around a curve and I saw a deer, so I instinctively swerved my vehicle to avoid being hit (in hindsight, a bad idea). My car went into a ditch and collided with a power line, which toppled it. It was a mess for firefighters and police officials because of the live wire around. Luckily, my friend and I were both uninjured and walked out alive.
I told the officer at the scene I was going about 50 mph (speed limit 45) and she told me that I was going to be getting a ticket for inattentive driving. Her reason being that I couldn't do that much damage going the speed limit. But to be honest, I feel like hitting any pole at 45 mph would be enough. (I didn't touch the brake until I realized what was happening and by then it was too late, it caught gravel and didn't do anything). Before anyone asks, I wasn't being distracted by any device, the court can check my records if they want.
Now I don't know what that means per say, but my aunt thinks that if I get charged that I'll have to pay for the entire transformer. I'm 18, and have liability insurance. Both my parents are unemployed and can't afford to have to pay for it.
What would be the best option to do? I've been told I should plead mercy in court, and then the electrical company wouldn't be able to pin it against me. I've never had any fines/points before.
Again, thanks for any advice.
**Edit: I should add in that my vehicle was announced totaled at the scene.