What if no motorist was issued a ticket in a car accident?

If you were in an accident in which neither you nor the other motorist was issued a ticket, you’re probably wondering what your options are. Without a ticket, does this mean you can’t file a personal injury lawsuit?

Young woman standing by damaged car after an accident.

Fortunately, the answer is no. You can still file a personal injury lawsuit following a car accident even if no one got a ticket for causing the crash. Police citations, tickets, and reports are all useful pieces of evidence in establishing liability. However, other forms of evidence can be gathered to support your personal injury claim.

Don’t let the lack of a ticket deter you from seeking compensation for your losses. To maximize your chances of recovering damages for your injuries, team up with an experienced Denver car accident lawyer. 

Why didn’t the police issue a ticket for my car crash? 

If the police do not issue a ticket for your car crash, there are a couple of different reasons why.

Neither motorist broke the law. 

Although it seems unlikely, there are crashes that occur in which neither motorist broke the law. If neither driver was speeding, tailgating, driving while distracted, or any other poor driving mistake, then the police cannot issue a ticket. 

In these situations, there may have been an external factor at play that caused the accident. It could have been a different driver who fled the scene, poor weather, poorly maintained roads, or another hazard. 

The police could not determine fault for the crash. 

Unless the police witnessed the crash, they may not be able to immediately determine what happened to cause it. A more thorough investigation may be needed to figure out exactly what happened. However, unless the crash caused a serious injury or a death, it’s unlikely that the police will open up a full investigation. 

In both scenarios above, you may not be able to use official police reports to help build your case. However, with the help of an experienced lawyer, you can prove that someone else’s negligence caused the accident.

Proving Fault Without a Ticket

Car accident attorneys have extensive experience in gathering all types of evidence to establish fault. Even if no one received a ticket, you and your lawyer can still build a case based on other pieces of evidence such as:

  • Gathering eyewitness testimony
  • Consulting with accident reconstruction experts
  • Assembling photographic and video evidence (dashcam footage, surveillance camera photos and video, etc.) 

It’s still possible to build a solid case to prove liability on the part of the other driver. However, it takes a skilled lawyer who knows what kind of evidence to gather and how to use it to build a case. 

How can a car accident lawyer help me?

You can still file an insurance claim for the accident even without a ticket—this piece of documentation is not required in the state of Colorado. To establish a claim for your personal injuries relating to the accident, you’ll want to work with a lawyer who can:

  • Assess the value of your case
  • Outline your options for seeking compensation
  • Investigate the cause of the car accident
  • Gather evidence to build your case
  • Work with witnesses and experts to support your claim
  • Handle negotiations with the insurance company
  • If needed, take your case to trial

Car accident claims are often settled outside of the courtroom. Our skilled Denver car accident lawyers have years of experience in negotiating fair compensation amounts for car accident victims. If the insurance companies are not willing to negotiate in good faith, we’re not afraid to take them to trial. 

We recommend that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Under Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-101, plaintiffs have three years to file most motor vehicle claims. 

Contact a Denver Car Accident Lawyer Today!

Our skilled and knowledgeable car accident lawyers are standing by to assist you with your case. Don’t let the lack of a police ticket discourage you from seeking compensation for your losses and injuries. Schedule a risk-free case consultation with our office. We look forward to assisting you.