A reckless driving lawyer is capable of helping you avoid certain penalties for situations in which you were not at fault. The costs and legal consequences of serious reckless driving charges, especially those resulting in misdemeanors or felonies are often severe. It is important to fight reckless driving tickets when possible. It is especially important to not lose your license to an at fault driver situation.
Various scenarios are possible resulting in an arresting officer charging you with a reckless driving violation, which was either beyond your control or you did not actually commit. Perhaps you were a passenger in a vehicle and the driver committed a reckless driving violation. If the driver fled the scene and left you standing there to deal with law enforcement on your own, it is possible you were charged for the act of another driver.
In situations such as this it is important to document and get the contact information of all witnesses capable of proving you were not the driver.
What happens if you are traveling in your vehicle with a loved one when you suddenly experience a medical emergency such as cardiac arrest, choking or a stroke? Is there time to wait on an ambulance or are you capable of getting them to a hospital more quickly on your own?
Speeding due to a medical emergency is a possible reason to get your reckless driving ticket legally waived and preserve the status of your valid driver’s license.
Eyewitnesses are also capable of playing a role beneficial to your case if you committed a reckless driving act as a means of evading a more dangerous situation beyond your control. Swerving to avoid a jaywalking pedestrian is one example of this type of scenario.
Other examples of at fault driver situations causing you to commit a reckless driving act include:
- A vehicle driving the wrong way down a one-way street directly toward your vehicle.
- Failing traffic lights.
- A drunk or other driver swerving into your lane.
- Another driver pursuing you while visibly brandishing a weapon.
- Another driver attempting to do harm to you/your vehicle due to road rage.
- Avoiding a sinkhole or other roadway damage.
- Avoiding a sudden falling tree, landslide or flood.
- Hitting an ice patch while driving within or below legal speed limits.
- Avoiding debris or other items falling from a truck or other vehicle.