Car Accidents and Citations: Getting a Fair Settlement
By Shane Kadlec on March 15, 2019
Victims of car accidents can feel overwhelmed and uncertain of the future, whether they're facing recovery from serious injuries, inability to return to work, property damage, or psychological trauma.
When a car accident is caused by another driver's negligence, it's important to present insurance companies with as much supporting evidence as possible to obtain a fair settlement. When it comes to demonstrating driver negligence, citations can be strong evidence.
Attorney Shane R. Kadlec represents car accident victims during insurance negotiations and lawsuits. For more information about car accidents and citations, contact our Houston, TX practice.
What Is a Citation?
A citation, also called a traffic ticket or a ticket, is a notice written by a police officer to advise someone that he or she has committed a traffic violation.
A citation may be written for any traffic law violation a police officer has observed. Some common types of citations include:
- Driving above the speed limit
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Not using turn signals or signaling lane changes
- Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians or other drivers
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
Are Citations Issued for Car Accidents?
Citations may or may not be given when there is a car accident. The primary deciding factor is whether an officer observed a traffic violation or sees evidence of a violation. However, when citations are issued, it can prove liability in a car accident.
Citations provide valuable information. The citation typically includes a description, date, time, and location of the traffic violation, as well as information about the driver and vehicle.
How Can I Find Out if a Citation Was Issued?
The scene of a car accident can be chaotic, so it won't always be clear if the other driver was given a citation.
When officers are present at the scene of a car accident, a police report will be written detailing information regarding the accident. If any citations were issued, they will be noted in the police report.
Obtaining a copy of the police report can help us determine if citations were issued, as well as what traffic violations may have occurred.
In order to obtain a copy of a police report, we can contact the police department that responded to the accident. If a reference number was provided by the investigating officer at the accident, this can be used to locate the report. If no reference number was provided, the name of at least one of the people involved in the accident, along with the date of the accident, may be provided.
How Can a Citation Affect Your Settlement?
When a police report is written, the investigating officer will provide details about the accident. If citations are listed, the officer may provide his or her opinion about how the cited traffic violation may have contributed to the car accident.
Providing evidence and supporting information of the other driver's negligence can help us when negotiating a settlement with the other driver's insurance company.
Contact the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec
To schedule a case evaluation with car accident attorney Shane R. Kadlec, please call (281) 643-2000.
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