The Role of Traffic Tickets in Missouri and Kansas Car Accident Cases
Traffic tickets can have a dramatic impact on Missouri and Kansas lawsuits involving bodily injuries. If you or any of the other parties were issued a traffic citation, you should make sure to share this information with your attorney.
Missouri and Kansas Traffic Tickets Can Help Establish Fault
A traffic citation issued following a car crash can help determine who is responsible for the accident based on how the collision happened. Drivers might be cited for things like failure to stop before crashing into a vehicle. In this situation, the traffic ticket can help establish to a court or insurance carrier that the other driver was negligently operating their vehicle before the crash. If a driver is convicted or pleads guilty to the violation, then liability is established. If the driver can pay a court fine and get the violation charged amended to a lesser violation (for example, a defective taillight), then fault/liability must still be proved.
Tickets for things like broken headlights can also help to demonstrate that a vehicle was inadequately or negligently maintained. An accident victim might even use a vehicle citation in this situation to establish that a vehicle’s negligent maintenance directly contributed to a crash. For example, without adequate lights, a driver might not have noticed a condition that would have caused them to stop if a vehicle had been in proper working order.
How Your Car Accident Case Might be Impacted by a Traffic Ticket
Your car accident claim can be impacted in various ways based on what party in an accident is issued the traffic citation. Consider the following citations:
- If the other driver receives a ticket. If the driver receives a ticket, this can have a positive impact on your claim because it can establish the other driver’s negligence.
- If you receive a ticket. Your case could very well end up negatively impacted if you are the party that received a traffic ticket. This does not always mean, however, that you caused the accident. For example, you might receive a ticket for a non-moving violation that is not connected to an accident (or failure to have insurance information with you in the car).
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today
Traffic tickets can influence the outcome of your accident case in a variety of ways, based largely on who receives the citation. As a result, it is a good idea to retain the assistance of a knowledgeable lawyer who can help you establish that another driver or party’s negligence directly led to your injuries and/or vehicle damages. At House Law LLC, we remain dedicated to helping car accident victims create strong legal cases to fight for the compensation they deserve. Contact our law office today to schedule a free case evaluation.