Can a Traffic Ticket Affect Your Personal Injury Case?
In some cases, it is true that a traffic ticket can have an effect on personal injury cases. If you are involved in a car accident and are ticketed for something related to the cause of the accident, how you plead could impact your case. Examples of these violations can include speeding, tailgating, and failing to yield the right of way. If you plead guilty or are found guilty of that violation, it is possible that the conviction will be admissible in your personal injury claim trial.
Some crash scenarios involve violations that are unrelated to the cause of the crash. Those types of violations could include having an expired inspection sticker or driving without car insurance.
Pleading No Contest
What is a Plea of No Contest?
A plea of no contest means that you accept the state’s charges against you, however, unlike a guilty plea, a plea of no contest may not be used against you in a civil damage trial. Pleading no contest tells the state you do not wish to fight the charges against you, and this cannot be used against you in a personal injury trial.
What Happens When the Defendant Pleads Guilty?
If the citation is related to the crash, then a defendant pleading guilty to a traffic citation should be admissible in your personal injury case.
If the defendant is found guilty, it will be treated the same as pleading guilty. If the plea turns out not to be admissible, the conduct can still be heard by the jury, just not information regarding the ticket or plea.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, it is best to seek guidance from an experienced Houston car accident attorney. Call (713) 524-8139 or go online to speak with an experienced Houston car accident lawyer at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm. Receive a free consultation to see what your legal options really are.