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A Publix Tractor-Trailer Hit Me On Highway 78 in Walton County, Georgia And The Police Issued A Traffic Citation To The Publix Driver. Can I Use That In My Case?

Posted by Bartlett Benton | Jul 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Did A Publix Tractor-Trailer Hit You On Highway 78 In Walton County, Georgia?

If so, you may be wondering if you can use the traffic citation issued to the Publix driver in your case against the Publix driver.  

The answer?  It depends.  Please see below a breakdown on when you can and cannot use the citation against the Publix driver.

When You Can Use The Citation Against The Publix Driver

The fact that a driver was issued a traffic citation is not admissible by itself in a civil case.

A plea of guilty in traffic court, however, is admissible in your case as a party admission by the Publix driver.  Also, forfeiture of bond in a traffic case is an admission and admissible as evidence of negligent conduct in a civil case.

But if the Publix driver simply pays a fine after pleading not guilty on a citation, pleads nolo contendere, or is adjudicated guilty by a traffic court after pleading not guilty, the Publix driver has made no admissions and the evidence cannot be used against the Publix driver in your case.

Contact Bartlett Benton

If you were in an accident with a Publix tractor-trailer on Highway 78 in Walton County, Georgia and would like a free case evaluation, please call Bartlett at 770-365-6414.


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