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Does a Traffic Ticket Determine Fault After an Accident?

Because car accidents often involve many forms of negligence, it’s not uncommon to see law enforcement officers at the accident scene. One party may receive a traffic ticket for their actions, but would that always indicate fault?

Just because someone receives a citation, it won’t automatically sway a decision regarding fault. However, it can serve as a tool that your legal team can use on your behalf to pursue the compensation you deserve following a collision.

Why a Traffic Ticket May Be Administered

A traffic ticket may be given to someone who was also guilty of breaking the law when the crash occurred. For instance, a driver may get a ticket for running a red light or stop sign. However, tickets are not always relevant to the accident or its causes.

Just because someone received a ticket doesn’t mean they are at fault. It solely means that the person broke a traffic law, and you would need a lawyer to help identify fault.

A lawyer can help show the correlation between a ticket and cause if the other driver is responsible for your harm. For instance, if the other driver received a ticket for speeding, a lawyer could work to show that speeding was the cause of the crash that led to you suffering severe harm. On the opposite end, you can work with a lawyer to show that you may not have been at fault even if you received a ticket.

If a case goes to trial, the jury may not consider a ticket as a determination of fault.

At 'Maggio | Thompson, LLP, we work for your rights. We care about holding negligent parties accountable. Our Jackson car accident lawyers commit to pursuing maximum compensation on your behalf so that you can focus on your recovery. We will be there for you every step of the way when you need us most.

Call our firm today at (601) 265-6869 for a free case evaluation.

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