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Will testifying in traffic court against an at-fault driver help if I have to sue for repairs? I already have a police rpt.

Atlanta, GA |

The police report notes that the other driver was cited (I was not), although there were no witnesses when he sideswiped my car. The driver's insurance company is dragging out a decision on whether they'll pay for my repairs, so I may have to make a case to prove his guilt.

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you would testify in Court as to the truth of the matter as to what happened....if he is convicted or pleads guilty then that may help your insurance claim


If the driver pleads guilty-you will be able to use that against him as an admission of negligence during your civil cause of action.

If the driver pleads not guilty and is found to be guilty after the trial, you will have a harder time using that against him since there is no admission against interest to be used against him. In many jurisdictions you won't even be able to mention the citation even if there is a finding of guilty.

I hope this helps-

Nima Taradji

Disclaimer: I am a lawyer licensed in the State of Illinois only, and I am not your lawyer (unless you have been in my office and signed a contract). This communication is not intended as legal advice, and no attorney client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice. This is for informational purposes only.


It would help to testify in court against the other driver. If the judge finds the other driver guilty it may convince the insurance adjuster to go ahead and pay for your car repairs and any other damages. Also, if the damages are significant you may want to have a court reporter take down what the other driver says in traffic court. This evidence could be used in other legal proceedings.

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