After a motor vehicle collision, it is not uncommon for law enforcement to issue a ticket to one or both drivers for traffic violations they believe the drivers committed.
Many drivers believe that the ticket is a determination of fault. It is not. It only the officer’s opinion, usually an officer who did not witness the accident and has only conducted a cursory investigation at the scene. It does not determine who will or will not receive compensation for their injuries.
What can make a difference, if your auto accident claim goes to trial, is how you and/or the other driver deal with your tickets.
Pleas and Admissions of Fault
The ticket may or may not be admissible. It depends on how you plead. A guilty plea is an admission of guilt, and therefore, can be an admission of fault. It is admissible as evidence. If you plead not guilty, your ticket is not admissible. If you plead no contest, you are saying you will go along with the penalties without admitting guilt, so the ticket is not admissible as evidence of fault.
When you pay a ticket without going to court, that is a guilty plea and an admission of fault. It may seem like a convenient option at the time, but it can harm or destroy your ability to collect the compensation you deserve.
The same is true of the other driver, of course, so do not assume that you will win your case if the other driver was ticketed. You still need the help of an experienced and highly skilled injury attorney.
A traffic ticket does not determine the outcome of your injury lawsuit, but if you handle it wrong, it can. Before you decide how to handle your traffic ticket stemming from an auto accident, talk the Las Angeles motor vehicle accident attorneys of Sheridan & Rund, PC. Call us at 855-295-6112 or email us today to schedule your free consultation.