Two of the first questions that come to everyone’s mind immediately after a car accident are “Wait, did I actually violate any traffic rule?” and “Will I get a traffic ticket for this?”
Contrary to the popular belief, police do not issue traffic citations merely because a car accident occurred. It often happens that no one was at fault and no one violated a traffic law when a collision occurred. But when motor vehicle accidents happen because one of two of the parties violated a traffic law, a police officer may issue a traffic ticket when there is indisputable evidence that you or the other motorist violated a traffic rule.
It often happens that police officers issue traffic tickets for something that did not contribute to the car accident. But being issued a traffic citation is not the end of the world. Our Palmdale car accident attorney from the Compass Law Group, P.C. explains that just because you were issued and signed a traffic citation after a collision, it does not mean that you are prohibited from seeking compensation for your injuries and damages if the other driver’s actions are predominantly responsible for causing the accident.
“Even if you were issued a traffic ticket for something that merely contributed to causing the car crash, you may still be able to recover damages by filing a personal injury claim,” explains our experienced car accident attorney in Palmdale. “That is possible because California follows a system of pure comparative negligence, which entitles you to seek compensation after an accident even if your negligence contributed to the accident, though the amount of damages will be reduced by the percentage of your own fault.”
These are some of the most common situations in which one or two of the drivers may be issued a traffic citation after a car crash was reported to police:
While you have every right to speak with the police officer who wants to issue you a traffic citation and explain your side of the story, it is advised to accept a traffic ticket once it has been issued without getting aggressive, angry or raising your voice. Talking the officer out of giving you a ticket is not always possible, and may even get you in trouble if the officer believes that you are obstructing a police officer.
Our Palmdale car accident attorney says it is preferable to limit your conversation with the police until you get a chance to speak to your lawyer. Also, avoid providing a full statement to the police or admitting fault at the scene of the accident. Let an experienced lawyer investigate your case and determine fault.
Once you have been issued a traffic citation, you may be able to fight a ticket in court. It makes sense to challenge a traffic ticket when pleading guilty to that ticket would result in the loss of your right to seek damages or make you predominantly at fault for the car crash.
No matter who the opposing party is, they can’t outwork, outwit or outspend Compass Law Group, PC. We will do everything that is necessary to win the case, and we’re here to help victims fight back against those who injured them.