I was in car accident. I was cited for not using turn signal to pass. I plead no contest in traffic court but found guilty. I had insurance, they also found me liable for the damage to their vehicle. The other driver did not have working trailer lights, but was not cited at accident. It was a small company vehicle and the driver was not the owner. Am I able to sue for the damages to my vehicle, and would I sue the owner of the vehicle?
Did the fact that the trailer did not have working taillights in any way cause the accident to occur? Especially since you must have been in the process of going around the other vehicle at the time of the accident? If so, you might want to discuss this situation with an attorney to see if he agrees that you have a case worth pursuing. If so, yes, you would sue the owner.
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You are able to sue for the damages to your vehicle and you would sue the driver and/or owner of the other vehicle/trailer. Be prepared for the other vehicle/trailer's insurance company to fight liability and point the at-fault finger back at you, based on everything that has happened so far. Good luck.
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