Can I Still Recover for My Injuries After a Car Accident if I Received a Ticket in Florida?
In Fort Lauderdale, oftentimes at least one of the parties involved in a car accident receive a citation for a traffic violation. Sometimes a police officer who prepares an accident report will even include who he or she believes was at fault for the accident. However, citations and even police reports can rarely be used against a party as affirmative proof of fault. This is because an officer who did not witness the accident merely makes an inference from what they see post-accident, whether it be the vehicles’ point(s) of impact, debris, skid marks on the road, etc. Bottom line, if the officer did not personally witness the crash, the fact that a party was cited can influence a jury to determine that party was at fault, despite any evidence to the contrary. This is why it’s extremely important to have an experienced car accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale on your side to object to any efforts to admit into evidence traffic citations.
For more information, see Galgano v. Buchanan, 783 So. 2d 302 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001). Then, be sure to call Rosen Injury Law to see what their team of experienced lawyers can do for you.