From your description of the facts, no. However, it will likely be up to the jury to decide if the case goes to trial. The police report will be inadmissible as evidence of fault on the part of your friend. He should contact a personal injury trial attorney as soon as possible to discuss his case. Best of luck.
Your friend should retain a local traffic court lawyer to fight the ticket. Then, he should retain a car accident lawyer to go after the insurance money on the truck that rearended him.
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We cannot decide fault on this website. It is for the jury to decide if a lawsuit was filed and the case went to trial.
If your friend or his passengers were injured, they should contact a personal injury attorney to learn the full scope of their rights. You can find personal injury attorneys in your area on Avvo.com.
Traffic collision reports are not admissible to prove fault because the statements contained in the report are most likely inadmissible hearsay and the officer who prepared the report apparently did not witness the accident.
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In addition to all the good advice already provided, I'd add that time is of the essence in these situations. In particular, it's best to find out what a witness saw (or didn't actually witness) as soon as possible while the details are still fresh, etc. good luck to your friend & kudos to you for looking out for him.
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