At fault driver plea no contest for car accident at trail but still pays for ticket ? What does that mean was he guilty?
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"In a criminal proceeding, a defendant may enter a plea of nolo contendere, in which the defendant does not accept or deny responsibility for the charges but agrees to accept punishment.
The plea differs from a guilty plea because a "no contest" plea cannot be used against the defendant in another cause of action. " https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/nolo_contendere
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For traffic court purposes, it simply means he agrees to pay the fine but does not admit to guilt.
For any future civil issues, it means nothing really. Liability would be determined by either a judge or a jury in any subsequent civil trial.
If the other person’s insurance company is denying liability or has not yet accepted full liability or has not paid you an amount that would make you whole after the accident in a timely manner, your options are as follows:
1. If you have your own collision coverage on your auto policy, you can use it, pay your deductible, and let your insurance company fight it out with the other person’s insurance company. That’s the reason you pay insurance premiums. Let your insurance company earn its keep. This would be the path of least resistance.
2. If you don’t want to use your insurance or don’t have any collision coverage, you can file a small claims lawsuit against the at-fault party or parties (the driver and the owner if they are different people).
3. If the insurance company appears to be unreasonable in its denial or delay, you can make a formal complaint with your state’s Insurance Commissioner’s Office. Go online to find out how to do so in your state.
4. Lastly, but actually most importantly, if you were injured in the accident, I would contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible before talking to the insurance companies. You may have some coverage on your policy that will pay for medical bills or have Uninsured Motorist coverage as well. Your attorney will investigate all avenues of applicable coverage for you. You can use the "Find a Lawyer" link at the top of this page for the names of attorneys in your area. Most offer a free consultation and work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t have to pay anything up front.
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