Does a Traffic Ticket Prove Who Was at Fault in a Maryland Car Accident?

Many motor vehicle accidents happen because another driver acted negligently. A report from the Insurance Information Institute says that more than 60% of all car accidents are linked to a traffic violation. To collect financial compensation in a personal injury case, the victim needs to prove that the other driver caused the accident. They may wonder if a traffic ticket is enough to prove it.

The short answer is no. A traffic ticket alone is not enough to prove liability in a Maryland auto accident. You will need the assistance of a skilled car accident attorney. They will investigate the incident and work to hold the liable party accountable.

Traffic Violations that Result in Car Crashes

Many traffic violations can lead to a car accident, such as:

  • Failing to yield: When drivers fail to yield, they may crash into another vehicle or hit a pedestrian. When merging lanes or onto the highway, always check your blind spots to ensure there is no oncoming traffic.
  • Tailgating: Never follow too closely behind another vehicle. By doing so, you might cause a rear-end collision. These crashes happen the most often in stop-and-go traffic. Drivers should leave a car’s length of space between them and the vehicle in front. If weather conditions are poor, leave even more room.
  • Speeding: Lawmakers put speed limits in place to keep everyone safe. Remember, speed limits are for optimal driving conditions. This means if it’s raining, snowing, or foggy, you should travel under the speed limit.
  • Distracted driving: When drivers take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off driving, it can result in a significant car crash. Texting, talking on the phone, eating, and adjusting the radio are all examples of distracted driving.

These are just a few examples of traffic violations, but someone driving under the influence, running red lights, or ignoring traffic signs may also cause an accident. The most dangerous thing on the road is other drivers, so always be extremely cautious.

Is a Traffic Citation Admissible as Evidence?

To obtain financial compensation for their client, a personal injury attorney must prove that the defendant owed a reasonable duty of care to others, they breached that duty, and the breach then caused an accident, resulting in your injuries. While a traffic citation does not automatically prove negligence or entitle accident victims to compensation, it may show that the other driver acted negligently. However, a traffic citation is usually not admissible as evidence in a Maryland civil court case.

How to Prove the Other Driver Was Negligent

Even if you think it’s clear the other driver is at-fault, their insurance company will try to blame you. There are a few things you can do at the accident scene to protect yourself and your claim.

  • Take pictures
  • Exchange contact information
  • Call the police
  • Talk to witnesses

Also, you should see if there are any security cameras in the area that documented the accident. This may show that the other driver was speeding, tailgating, or driving recklessly. You might also want to install a dash cam in your vehicle. It is legal in Maryland so long as it does not obstruct your vision.

Speak to a Skilled Maryland Car Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one was in an auto accident in Maryland, reach out to the Law Offices of Hillel Traub. We provide the close, personal attention a personal injury case requires. Attorney Hillel Traub has recovered millions of dollars for his clients and brings over 30 years’ worth of experience to your lawsuit. Call (410) 580-1100 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.