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Should I Go to the At-Fault Driver's Traffic Court Hearing?

If you're injured by another driver in a car accident, it is extremely important to attend the at-fault driver's traffic court hearing. Contact a car accident personal injury attorney as soon as possible to help protect your claim.

In most car accidents, the responding police officer will give a ticket to the at-fault driver with instructions to attend a traffic court hearing. If you were involved in the accident, you should attend that hearing to both identify yourself as a witness and to observe the disposition of the hearing. Attending the hearing will likely force the at-fault driver to plead guilty to the car accident. This guilty plea may be used as evidence of fault in your civil case for your injuries. A guilty plea will also put pressure on the driver's insurance company to accept responsibility for the accident and compensate you for your injuries. Without witnesses present, the driver might be able to have the ticket thrown out and have his case dismissed.

Your personal injury attorney can find out when the hearing is and instruct you on what to do at the hearing. Your attorney can tell you who you should look for in the courtroom, what to say, and what to expect. However, these hearings occur fairly quickly after the date of the accident so it is extremely important to contact us as soon as possible after your crash.

The Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continues to handle all types of car, motorcycle and truck accident cases along with wrongful death and other personal injury cases for clients in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, and Kendall Counties, including Chicago, Wheaton, Joliet, Geneva and the entire Chicagoland area.

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    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

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    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
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  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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