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It is theoretically possible for both parties to be found guilty, for both parties to be found not guilty, or for only one of them to be found guilty. The most common way for both people to be found guilty is if they each decide they'd rather pay the ticket than dispute the charge. Another reason both parties can be found guilty on the traffic ticket is because each traffic case will be heard separately. The judge will consider each case in a vacuum. Depending on the size of the courthouse and how many cases there are, the judge could easily have no idea that someone else is charged with also running a light in the same accident. He'll look at any pictures of the scene, and listen to the testimony that says the driver ran the red light. Then he'll listen to any evidence the driver produces in his own defense and decide whether it's been proven that the driver ran the light. It's possible that the judge in each case will be left not sure who ran the light, and both drivers will be found not guilty. Or it's possible that the state's witnesses won't show up and one or both drivers will be found not guilty for lack of proof.
Each driver will have the option to decide whether to testify in his own defense at his trial. Neither driver has a right to testify at the other driver's trial on the traffic ticket in order to try to establish that they did not run the light. Each driver can get a blank subpoena from the clerk of the court and serve it on the witness who says he or she did NOT run the light so that person can tell the judge what they saw. The judge is more likely to believe a third party witness than the person who is on trial.
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