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I received a ticket in a car accident do I still have an injury claim?

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Jun 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Seattle car accident lawyer Chris Small recently answered the question on his blog, will a traffic ticket hurt your car accident case? The gist of Chris' answer was not really for a number of reasons but the most important is that the law enforcement officer was not there and didn't see the accident, they are not  accident reconstructionists, and often they just get it wrong.

Chris' post brings up the same question here in Florida. If you get a ticket after an accident do you still have a car accident injury claim? 

First, I agree with Chris in the long run. However, in the pre-suit period you may have a difficult time resolving the case with the insurance adjuster because they will rely on the police report and if you received a ticket it will be listed on the report.

Second, if you have to file a lawsuit in the case, your traffic ticket will not come into evidence. The accident report does not come into evidence because of the Florida accident report privilege. So, your case will be resolved or tried to a jury based on the facts and evidence your lawyer receives during the discovery process.  I can't tell you how many times over the years the investigating police offer just got the investigation wrong, and it required an accident reconstructionist to gather the facts and evidence and recreate the wreck with the proper information.

What's the Lesson

The lesson is simple. If you've been injured in a Leesburg Florida accident, you received a ticket but you believe the other driver is responsible for the accident, don't just give up. Consult with a Leesburg car accident lawyer, they will be able to look at the evidence and give you a fair and impartial opinion regarding the merits of your case.

If you have any questions about a Central Florida auto wreck, Call (352) 267-9168.

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I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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