Protecting Your Rights
If you got a reckless driving ticket because of a car accident you are not alone. Besides speeding, accidents are the number one reasons the police write reckless driving tickets in Virginia.
How to Beat a Reckless Driving Accident Case
When a driver gets into an accident and receives a reckless driving charge here are some things they should do:
- Get the Accident Report. Get a copy of the police accident report from their insurance provider or from the police department that issued the reckless driving ticket. Most police departments in Virginia have a department that handles sending out copies of police accident reports.
- Write Down Everything You Can Remember. Many reckless driving accident trials are very detail specific and often they involve two drivers trying to blame the other one for the accident. The more details you can remember and the more details you can give to your attorney the better off you will be. If you have witnesses to the accident, have the witnesses write down what they can remember as well.
- Get a Copy of Your DMV Record. Go online to your home state’s DMV website and print off a copy of your DMV record. Your record is often the biggest factor in whether you get convicted of reckless driving or not.
- Draw a Diagram of the Accident. Your attorney needs to know exactly what happened. Whether you use google maps or draw your own diagram, make sure your attorney can visualize exactly what took place.
- Take Pictures of the Damage and The Accident Scene. Whether the cars were totaled or barely scratched may make a difference in your case. And a picture says a thousand words.
- Get a free consultation from a Reckless Driving Attorney. Our firm always offers free consultations. We can tell you very quickly the likely outcome of your case and the possible defenses. We do hundreds of reckless driving cases every year and we are happy to share our knowledge with you. Call (703) 215-1114.
Potential Consequences of Reckless Driving Accident Case
When a driver is involved in an accident and then ticketed for reckless driving there are several serious potential consequences.
Reckless driving is a criminal conviction. Being convicted of reckless driving after an accident can result in up to 12 months in jail, 6 month suspension of their right to drive, a maximum fine of $2,500 and 6 points off their Virginia DMV record.
These incredibly severe punishments are maximum punishments, not necessarily the most likely punishment. Talk to one of our attorneys to find out what the likely punishments are in your specific reckless driving case.
In addition to the penalties imposed by the traffic court judge, the outcome of your reckless driving case can affect your insurance and even potential law suits.
If you were not at fault for the accident, but were given a reckless driving ticket by the police, being found guilty may be used by the insurance companies or a civil court in determining whether or not you were at fault for the accident. If your accident will likely result in a law suit or a battle with the insurance company than make sure you talk to an experienced reckless driving accident lawyer.