How does the legal process work after a car accident?
A car accident where one party is at fault often involves two different cases -- criminal and civil. The criminal case will be decided in traffic court, and a judge will assign a penalty -- i.e., fines, points, possibly jail time. But don’t be concerned if the other driver didn’t get a ticket. This has no bearing on the civil personal injury case, which carries a different burden of proof and involves compensating the injured party. The insurance companies for the cars involved in the accident will be the negotiating parties; not law enforcement.