San Diego, CA asked in Car Accidents for California

Q: Car accident, PA with a rental car......driver lives in Wyoming. Cops don't really say who was at fault

Both drivers treated and released at area hospital. Now rental car driver gets a ticket from PA to where they live in WY for only $142.....$25 for pulling out in front of another car onto a roadway and the rest is fees and taxes of the total bill.

At the bottom of the form it has two options, I plead NOT guilty and line for signature or I plead guilty and line for signature. I say sign the line that says you plead NOT guilty and pay the fine. Otherwise says they can put out a warrant for the driver's arrest!!! The driver is scared that the other driver of the vehicle involved could possibly "sue" for God only knows what and that by paying the fine you are automatically admitting guilt. To me, the part that says, I plead NOT GUILTY....right before your signature should be good enough if there is a lawsuit down the road ??? You are not admitting guilt but don't want to be in trouble with the law in another state so just want to pay the fine and be done with it....Help please

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed

you need to talk to a lawyer from the city where this incident took place as s/he will know the laws and procedure for that court.

normally you plead guilty and pay a fine or not guilty and have a trial.

if there is liability it probably will not make much difference what happens on this case

William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The driver of the other vehicle can sue regardless of whether you sign the ticket, admit guilt or deny guilt. Notify your insurance company of the accident so that it is aware of the potential claim.

As to what you should do with the ticket, you should consult with PA traffic ticket attorneys.

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