Pittsburg, KS asked in Car Accidents for Missouri

Q: Do I have to go to court if I was in an accident & the other car was not damaged but mine was & we didn’t use insurance

The accident was considered my fault because I didn’t safely switch lanes, but I checked repeatedly & it was safe. The guy had road rage & didn’t want me to switch lanes to get in front of him & he sped up & went into the shoulder of the road to try to pass me on the left. His truck knocked my driver side mirror off, but his truck had zero damage. I was given a citation but it had no cost written on it & was scheduled a court date? My question is, why do I have to go to court? And why should I have to go to court if I indeed do?

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: You have to go to Court to protect yourself is the short answer. Get a copy of the police report. Maybe both of you were cited. As the person switching lanes you have a duty not to switch until it is safe to do so. If you were hurt contact a member of the Missouri Assn for Justice/Trial Lawyers Assn. They give free consults.

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