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Why traffic violations can affect a car accident case

When you hear about the latest Kardashian news, it likely comes from E! News about the latest photo shoot, or the release of a new clothing line. With as much as the family is in the news, they do not usually deal with negative press. However, a recent car accident involving Kylie Jenner may be one of those instances where the family has to wait for an unflattering story to blow over.

 

The 17-year-old is accused of crashing into another vehicle after making an illegal u-turn. The facts surrounding the crash are a bit sketchy, as the injured party’s attorney claimed that his client was injured so badly that she had to go to the hospital. At the same time, Kylie reportedly told her parents (Kris and Bruce Jenner) that the woman was at fault.

It is highly unlikely that both parties are right.

Additionally, it is unclear whether Kylie was cited for a traffic violation in connection with the accident. Traffic citations can be critical when it comes to seeking damages after an accident. Essentially, a citation can be viewed as evidence that a driver failed to use reasonable care while driving. This is because the standard for obtaining a criminal conviction (beyond a reasonable doubt) is higher than the same used in civil matters (a preponderance of the evidence). As such, if you have a traffic violation that led to the crash, chances are that you may be held responsible for the injuries suffered in the accident.

Of course, every situation is different. So if you have questions, an experienced personal injury attorney can help. 

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