The mere fact that a citation is issued to a driver after an accident is generally not admissible in a subsequent personal injury claim. For example, it is routine for an investigating officer to issue citations for license or registration violations that are discovered during that investigation. These would be typically considered irrelevant to the issues in a personal injury matter.
A guilty plea to a traffic citation, however, can constitute a binding factual admission.
If the driver that you contend caused the accident was given a citation for negligent or reckless driving, and they plead guilty to that offense, this can operate as an admission of liability for purposes of a subsequent personal injury action.
-This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 11/24/20.