Cleveland, OH asked in Products Liability and Car Accidents for Ohio

Q: I'm 17 and was t-boned at an intersection. They argued that my light was red and my fault. What might be court results?

2 Lawyer Answers
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
Answered
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: The court could determine you were not at fault, or it could determine you were at fault. If it determines you were at fault, you face a likely license suspension, fines, and driving school.

Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: Much depends on the facts, which would be included in the police report and what witnesses there may be and what they testify to. If your understanding of this crash was that you had a green light, then the party that hit you would be at fault. But you have to sustain your burden of proof, a preponderance of the evidence (more probably true than not true) that you had a green light and therefore the other party had a red light and drove through it in violation of the law. If not too late you may be able to discover a video from a close to this intersection business or from a passerby who happened to be videotaping at the time of the crash. That would be very fortunate. Be sure to take into account what witnesses might testify to. Those witnesses to the collision who have no connection to the parties are most times considered the more credible witnesses in cases such as this. In any event, you should consult with a lawyer who handles car crashes and may be able to advise you. A court would side with the party whose testimony and proofs are most persuasive. The reporting police officer may have some insight into how this crash took place based on the position of the vehicles when the police arrived, the timing of this particular intersection's traffic signals and where the vehicles' damages are located on the vehicles.

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