If I was in a car accident and was struck by a motorcycle going straight but was issued a careless driving ticket, what happens if I pay it and plead guilty?

Will that be used against me if the other party decides to take me or my company to court?

Asked on July 11, 2014 under Accident Law, New Jersey


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

They could introduce it in a civil trial (e.g. if you are sued), but it should have minimal impact, since there are very good, logical reasons to plead guilty and pay the fine (e.g. it would often cost far more, in time, lost wages/business, and/or legal fees) to defend against the ticket than the ticket would cost. Therefore, you could easily explain why you did this even though you do not believe you were at fault.

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