Have you been involved in a car accident?
If so, you should contact an attorney to ensure that you fully understand your rights and potential liabilities. If you were involved in a car accident and issued a traffic citation, more severe consequences may arise from traffic court other than a fine and a conviction or court supervision on your driving record. If you plead guilty in court or by mailing in your ticket, that plea of guilty constitutes a judicial admission of guilt which can be used against you in other court proceedings, such as a civil lawsuit arising from a claim of personal injury. A personal injury lawsuit may not even be filed at the time of your court appearance, but could arise thereafter. It is important to protect yourself from admitting liability before you are even aware that a civil suit is pending against you. Just because you were issued the traffic ticket does not always mean that you were the driver at fault. In most cases, the police officer writing the ticket did not witness the accident and made a judgment call based on hearsay statements provided to him (or her) by all individuals involved. Conversely, if you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to damages for medical bills, lost wages, and/or pain and suffering if the other driver was at fault. Contact Aldrich & Siedlarz Law, P.C. today for a free consultation to ensure that you are fully protected in either situation.