Outside of Columbus, Ohio, the driver of a pick-up truck ran a red light and struck another vehicle on the driver’s side door. The pick-up truck driver received a ticket.
The driver of the other vehicle had to be cut out of his vehicle and was flown to the hospital with a fractured leg.
The issue of who received a ticket is one which is not always as significant as it seems. The law in Illinois is the fact that someone received a traffic ticket is inadmissible in evidence unless the person receiving the ticket pleads guilty to the charges in traffic court. This is true even if the person who receives the ticket is convicted in traffic court.
When you are involved in an accident, if you receive a moving violation, you should be careful to plead not guilty to the charges. If the other party receives the ticket, you should be careful to attend traffic court because many tickets are dismissed when the complaining witness does not show. Your presence in traffic court will allow the judge to consider the ticket on its merits and increases the chances of a guilty plea instead of a dismissal.