After a car accident, you will be required by law to contact the police so they can arrive and file a police report. However, depending on what the police officer finds, you might be issued a ticket after the accident. However, even if you are issued a ticket, you may still be able to win an auto accident case.
The Consequences of Being Issued a Ticket
Being issued a ticket will likely mean that the other driver's insurance provider will try to find you liable for the accident. However, this depends on whether the ticket is relevant to the type of accident. For example, if you are cited for an expired license plate, this would not be considered relevant to your auto accident case.
In other cases, you might be cited for something such as a broken taillight. The auto insurance provider might argue that the broken taillight led to the accident and your auto accident attorney might disagree. You will need to work with an experienced attorney who can argue effectively on your behalf.
If both you and the other driver received a ticket, this can complicate your case because you may both be found partially at fault for the accident. For example, if you are considered to be 25% at fault for the accident, you may be compensated for your damages but your settlement would be reduced.
Admissibility in Court
If you are found guilty of a traffic violation, this might not be considered admissible in court. For example, if you ran a red light and plead not guilty, but the judge found you guilty, this fact would not be considered admissible if the other driver then sues you and claims that you were at fault for the accident.
However, if you plead guilty to the traffic violation, this fact would be admissible in court and may cause you to lose your civil case. In this situation, your attorney will need to argue why your ticket should not be considered a factor when determining your negligence.
How to Prove Negligence
Proving negligence is difficult without the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. You will need to gather evidence from witnesses, analyze evidence from the scene of the accident, and effectively explain how the auto accident occurred. Fortunately, an experienced attorney will be able to file the necessary motions in court so that you can preserve and have access to the evidence you need.
Reach out to a law firm, such as Bangel, Bangel & Bangel, to schedule a consultation.