Evidence of Traffic Citations Not Admissible in Truck Accident Lawsuits

Date: June 21, 2011

Police officers investigating auto and truck accidents in Pennsylvania regularly issue traffic citations to one or more of the drivers involved in the accident.  Most traffic citations are considered summary offenses such as speeding or careless driving.  The drivers to whom the investigating police officer issues a summary traffic citation are often deemed by the investigating police officer to be “at fault” in causing the accident.  However, in a civil action filed for injuries and damages arising out of an auto or truck accident in Pennsylvania, evidence that a driver was issued a summary traffic citation is not admissible.  The reason it is not admissible is because the person cited often decides not  to contest the citation due to expediency and convenience, not guilt, simply because the consequence of paying a relatively small fine is less burdensome than taking the time to appear in court to contest the charge. 

The attorneys at Dougherty, Leventhal & Price, L.L.P. regularly represent seriously injured truck accident victims in courts throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Our twelve lawyers represent accident victims in Lackawanna County, Luzerne County, Wayne County, Pike County, Wyoming County, Bradford County, Tioga County, Susquehanna County, Sullivan County, Lycoming County, Montour County, Monroe County, Carbon County, Columbia County and Susquehanna County.  If you need a lawyer to fight to get you the justice you deserve due to serious injuries you suffered in a an auto or truck accident, contact our office today for a free consultation.

John Finnerty
Attorney Finnerty has been representing clients in Northeastern Pennsylvania as an Attorney with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP for over 25 years.