TED STARR ANSWERS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In this video blog, you’ll get the answer to this frequently asked question: “Does Getting a Ticket Automatically Mean Fault in a Car Wreck?”
Hi, I’m Ted Starr. I’m an attorney in Pinellas Park, Florida and I’m here to answer some of your questions. The question today is: does getting a ticket automatically mean fault in a car wreck? No, it does not automatically mean the person at fault is the one who received the ticket. Often times, that is the person at fault in a car accident. But sometimes it is not the person at fault in a car accident.
Sometimes the police officer issues a ticket before they’ve spoken to all of the witnesses involved in a case, or who saw a case. Sometimes they haven’t spoken to some of the people that are drivers in the car accident. Either because the driver left the scene of an accident by ambulance or sometimes the driver doesn’t even speak the same language the officer speaks. I’ve seen tickets get issued when it’s not necessarily the person at fault in an accident.
You have to look very carefully at all the evidence after an accident – all of what happened to the individual, all the photographs of damage to vehicles, plus the statements of the people that saw the accident. And possibly even look at video tape that occurred that shows the accident before you can make a determination of who was at fault in an accident. Ultimately a jury can make a decision about who was at fault in an accident and in fact if a case goes to trial, a jury makes a decision about who was at fault in the accident, the police officer does not get to testify about who he or she gave the ticket to. So the determination for fault in an accident is very important and is not something that gets decided automatically by a police officer with a ticket book.