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What to Do If You’re Involved in a Traffic Accident in California


Most of the time a car accident does not result in a traffic ticket because there isn’t always a clear breaking of the law behind every single car crash. Sometimes collisions just happen, or there is no apparent evidence of anyone violating the law. But there are times when an officer has enough evidence to write a ticket for a traffic violation that led to an accident.

You may be thinking that a ticket means you cannot receive compensation from the accident, but that’s not the case. Getting a ticket does not prevent you from seeking compensation from an insurance company, but it is in your best interest to try to get that ticket dismissed before pursuing a settlement. If you’ve been involved in a car accident and you received a traffic citation, give the California traffic ticket attorneys at Fight My Ticket a call for a free consultation. We can help resolve your ticket so that you can pursue a car accident claim. Fill out the form or call us at 1-800-655-7505.

Why Did I Get A Ticket For A Car Accident?

If a police officer has enough evidence that you broke traffic rules, you will receive a traffic citation. This is regardless of whether the violation caused or contributed to the accident. 

These are common traffic violations that can lead to a traffic ticket:

  • Speeding: police can establish whether you were speeding through witnesses, amount of damage caused by the accident, and tire marks.
  • DUI: refusing to submit to a breathalyzer can be an indication that you were driving while intoxicated.
  • Rear-ending another vehicle: this usually means that you were speeding or following too close.
  • Running a red light: this one is a clear violation of the law that can easily cause a crash.

Remember, you are entitled to fight traffic tickets, and if you sustained injuries in the accident we strongly suggest that you get your ticket resolved before pursuing a claim.

Does Getting A Ticket Mean I’m At Fault For The Accident?

When a driver is ticketed at a site of an accident, they are typically held responsible for causing it. So if they try to make an insurance claim, they have a high chance of losing. Many personal injury lawyers won’t even take the case if a ticket is involved. If the other driver involved in the accident files a claim against you, your insurance company is most likely going to settle quickly because they realize the case against you is strong. That’s why it’s a good idea to fight your citation first, especially if you think the other driver was at fault or if you were seriously injured. Getting your ticket dismissed will give you the best fighting chance.

Contact A California Traffic Ticket Attorney 

If pleading guilty by paying your ticket is going to make you look at-fault for the accident, we recommend disputing it with the help of a traffic ticket attorney, especially if you are hoping to have a chance at a successful claim against the other party. Just because you received a citation does not mean that you are at-fault for the accident nor should it prevent you from getting damages. You can still file a claim after a car accident, even if you were issued a ticket.

If you were injured in a car accident, contesting a ticket on your own is not something we recommend. Contacting a California traffic ticket attorney who specializes in getting traffic citations dismissed is your best bet at being able to receive a settlement. If you’ve been involved in a car accident and received a traffic citation, give the attorneys at Fight My Ticket a call for a free consultation. Fill out the form or call us at 1-800-655-7505.

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Fight My Ticket brings quick, easy, and inexpensive legal service to traffic ticket clients. With over 20 years of experience, our lawyers have successfully defended individuals, celebrities and well-known executives against all types of charges. Our lawyers represent both in-state and out-of-state motorists cited with traffic violations across Southern California.

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