What to do about an that I received an infraction for causing an accident?

I received an infraction for causing an accident. I was taking a free right turn and the car taking the left from the other side came into my lane. I stopped and that person stopped in time but a third car rear ended the car coming at me. My insurance provider says I am not at fault and that the car that was hit wants to hold me legally accountable even though the rear ending car’s insurance has covered the damage. If I just pay the infraction will I be held liable for further legal action taken against me in this? Should I fight the infraction?

Asked on September 18, 2012 under Accident Law, Washington

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you honestly believe that you did not cause the accident then you need to contest it. I suggest retaining an attorney to assist you. If you simply pay the ticket then under the laws of all states in this country you will be deemed to have admitted causing the incident which could increase your insurance premiums and have a negative effect upon the auto accident that you were in from your perspective.

I suggest that you consult with an attorney that practices in the area of criminal defense about the matter you are writing about before deciding to pay the ticket.


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