If you have been given a ticket for a traffic violation following an auto accident, there’s a huge chance that you’ll be considered at fault for the accident. However, this doesn’t necessarily have to be an inevitable conclusion. Fortunately, you could either contest your ticket, and there’s also the possibility that you’re not solely at fault for the auto accident.
Am I Automatically at Fault Because I Got Ticketed?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes in most cases. This means that when you get a ticket at the car accident scene due to a traffic violation, and you attempt to file a claim against the other driver or the other driver’s insurance company, chances are that you’ll lose your case, unless the other driver also got a ticket, explains Feldman & Lee PS, a prominent car crash attorney in Marysville.
Additionally, if you’re the only one who got cited and the other driver decides to file a case against you, your insurance provider would have no choice but to settle because the other driver would most likely win the case. But if you really believe that you were not the only driver at fault, particularly if you’ve sustained severe injuries, you could also contest your ticket and get it dismissed. If you get your ticket dismissed, you increase your chances of recovering damages from the other driver.
What If I Wasn’t The Only One Who Got a Ticket?
If you and the other driver were cited at the accident scene, both of you would be considered at fault for the accident. In this case, you and the other driver’s insurance company would fight tooth and nail to prove who’s more at fault for the accident to reduce the settlement award. With this in mind, consult an experienced lawyer to help you evaluate your case and to determine if it has merit, and find out how to best go about your claim.