If you or a loved one were in a traffic accident and received an accident ticket from the police, contact an attorney before doing anything else to protect your rights.
Receiving an accident citation will not always be an important factor in determining who can be blamed for an accident. But in Kentucky that can be significant.
At GSAS, we are dedicated personal injury attorneys that can help you fight accident tickets to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your accident, even if you are partially at fault.
Why Did I Receive an Accident Ticket in the Mail Following My Accident?
After experiencing a vehicle accident you are required by Kentucky law to notify police officials if:
- The accident resulted in fatal or non-fatal injuries to the persons involved
- The accident resulted in damage to a vehicle and rendered it unable to be driven
Additionally, if there was at least $500 in property damage and no police officer was available to take record you are required to file a written report of the accident and submit it within 10 days.
Once on the scene, police officers will survey the scene and file a report of the accident. They will reference this report and review security footage of the accident to determine if there were any laws broken before, after, or during the accident.
This takes time, which is why you were likely not given a ticked at the scene of the accident. If they determine that you broke a law (e.g. determined you were speeding via speeding camera footage), they will likely mail you an accident ticket following the accident.
Am I Determined At Fault If I’ve Been Cited For an Accident?
An accident ticket is an important aspect of the accident that insurance companies will look at to determine fault but it doesn’t tell the whole story.
The ticket will include information about the driver, passenger, and vehicle involved in the accident. It may also include details about what happened during the accident. For example, if a driver ran a red light, the police officer may have noted that on the accident report. However, this does not mean that you are automatically at fault for running that red light.
Many other factors are taken into consideration when determining fault for an accident. That’s why it is important to reach out to an experienced lawyer who can help you fight your accident tickets and the insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve.
Can I Collect Compensation if I’ve Been Ticketed for An Accident?
Yes, you are able to file a personal injury claim if you’ve been ticketed for an accident. Kentucky employs a comparative no-fault system when determining fault. This means that the compensation you receive is directly proportional to the percentage of fault you are determined to have.
For example, if you were in an accident and filed a claim for $100,000 but was found to be 50% at fault for the accident, you would receive $50,000 in compensation.
I Think There Was a Police Report Error Following My Accident and I’m Being Blamed For An Accident…What Do I Do?
If you believe the police at the scene of your accident created a police report error don’t panic there are steps that you can take.
- Immediately after determining that you are safe after an accident, try to take as many photos as you can, talk to witnesses, and exchange information with the other person in the accident. All of this is important for your records as if you realize a police report error and have verifiable proof that it was wrong, you can attempt to contest it.
- After viewing the police report and noticing the error contact the police officer and point it out. The officer can create a supplemental report that corrects it.
- If the police officer is not responding to your correspondence, ask for the officer’s supervisor and speak with them.
As always, it is important to maintain correspondence via email or written mail. This way, you are able to create a verifiable paper trail that could come in handy down the line. Contesting a police report is a difficult task. That’s why it is vitally important that you have a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer by your side who can help you navigate the uncertain waters.
Can I Fight an Accident Ticket?
Accident tickets can cost you money and marr your driving record. When you pay an accident ticket you are admitting guilt to the specific law the ticket is claiming you broke.
To prevent this you can absolutely fight an accident ticket. Your best option is to get a lawyer who will file a motion to dismiss or a demurrer on your behalf. These motions are often successful at getting these charges dismissed, especially if they were issued in error or not based on fact.
The Lawyers at Spivak & Sakellariou Can Help You
Recovering from a car accident can be a difficult and long process. You shouldn’t have to add fear about receiving rightful compensation for your pain and suffering to your recovery. Or having to worry about looming accident tickets over your head. By working with a lawyer, you create the possibility of receiving the settlement you rightly deserve.
Insurance companies are master manipulators and are able to drag out your claim until the statute of limitations has long since passed. Don’t let this happen to you. When you call our office you’ll get a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. During that conversation, we’ll review the facts of your case, get to know you and your family, and determine how we can best help you get what you deserve.
Every case is different, just as every family is different. We will tailor a service that best matches your needs, your goals, and your unique circumstances. We offer free consultations and will never ask for any money upfront to represent you. We will only take a fee after we have gotten you the settlement you deserve. There is absolutely no risk in reaching out today to get started on getting you the money you deserve.
We understand that nobody wants to be in your position. It can be a very difficult time. Our goal is to pair you with a Kentucky accident lawyer to help you navigate this difficult time and to help you get what you deserve and move on with your life. You shouldn’t suffer unfair financial burdens that make it difficult to move on.