What Happens If the At-Fault Driver Wasn’t Ticketed Following Your Car Crash?
Which law enforcement agencies issue tickets after accidents?
If your accident occurred within Asheville’s city limits, the Asheville Police Department (APD) was likely the agency that responded to the accident. APD officers often do not write tickets to at-fault drivers in accidents. This is in contrast to NC State Highway Patrol troopers, who typically do issue citations to at-fault drivers. Citations we commonly see are things like: “failure to reduce speed” or “driving left of center.”
While this may seem like a small detail in the grand scheme of the accident, insurance companies often use the lack of citation after an accident as an excuse to deny injured people’s claims, even when fault is clear. Their reasoning is that if there is no evidence for their client’s fault, how can they be expected to pay? Situations like this can instantly create yet another headache for people trying to get compensation for their medical bills from an accident that was clearly not their fault.
What can I do if police didn’t write a ticket after my accident?
You may have trouble figuring out a course of action after the at-fault insurance company denies your claim or offers you a settlement that is much too low. People who try to handle their personal injury claims on their own don’t usually have experience negotiating with insurance adjusters or collecting evidence to build their case.
Hiring a personal injury attorney to handle your car accident case often gets better results than handling it on your own. This is especially true when there is a question of fault, as in cases where police did not cite the at-fault driver. Car accident attorneys use a variety of strategies to strengthen your case, taking the burden off of you, and allowing you to focus on your health and getting back to your normal life.
A good attorney can:
- handle all communications with insurance adjusters
- gather evidence from sources like security cameras that may have been present at the scene of the accident
- speak to witnesses or even first responders, including police officers, about your accident
- write letters of protection to your healthcare providers, allowing you to get treatment even if you cannot yet pay
Speak to an Asheville Personal Injury Attorney
There are many pitfalls that can damage a car accident case. Some of them, like whether responding police officers cited the at-fault driver, are unfortunately out of your control, leaving you at a serious disadvantage when you try to handle your case without an attorney.
The experienced attorneys at Yelverton & Denton have helped many clients get the compensation they needed after their car accidents, even in cases where police issued no citation. Call us today to schedule a FREE personal injury consultation. At your initial meeting, we encourage you to ask questions, and you will discuss the particulars of your case with a skilled attorney, who will develop a plan for moving forward, whether this involves settlement with the insurance company or filing the case, and potentially going to trial to fight for what is deserved.
Related entries from our Blog:
- What is contributory negligence and how does it affect my case?
- What to do after an accident with an uninsured driver?
- The first steps to take after a car accident
- How can I pay my medical bills after an accident?