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

On Behalf of | May 27, 2014 | Car Accidents

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.