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Hello,My daughter was in an accident yesterday, where a school bus t-boned her car in the side. Luckily her and her girlfriend we not injured. However, we went today to all the police dept. to interview her about what happened.The office indicated that they already had spoken with her the moment during the accident.1) My daughter is a minor, 16yrs old?
2) She had no indicated who was speaking with her because she was not in the current state of mind.
3) The police office is writing the report without any further statement.Is it appropriate protocol to question a minor at the scene of an accident?
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Yes, it is completely appropriate.

Being a minor does not create any special protocol when they are driving a car and in an accident. The police will question them at the scene, just as they would any other driver or witness, if they are able to give information relevant to the accident investigation.

The officer is not required to take additional statements, if they believe they have enough information to write up the report.

Remember, the police report is just one piece of evidence and is not written in stone or brought down from the mountain. I have seen many a police report ripped to shreds when the reporting officer is cross examined in court.

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Thank you,Therefore, will they in all likelihood issue a ticket? (One was not given at the scene)And we just need to go to court to negotiate the points off?
Any suggestions?

If they did not issue a citation at the scene, it certainly and significantly reduces the likelihood that one will be issued now.

In the event one is issued, retain local traffic court counsel and go to court. It is possible the witnesses will not show (it happens a lot) and then the ticket will be dismissed.

Otherwise, the attorney can work out a deal to keep it off her record or minimize the impact.

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