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How Can You Defend Yourself After a Reckless Driving Charge?

The Law Office of Mindy Paget Brill

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor offense resulting in license suspension, jail time or fines. It includes behaviors that show a wanton disregard for other vehicles, such as speeding, risky lane maneuvers and aggressive driving.

If you face reckless driving charges but do not believe you drove recklessly, you can defend yourself against said allegations.

Were the speed-measuring devices accurate?

Speeding is one of the most dangerous examples of reckless driving. Speeding accounts for about 29% of all traffic fatalities. However, you can challenge the charge by questioning the accuracy of the speed measurement devices. You could have a viable defense if you doubt the device’s calibration and do not believe you drove as fast as the officer claimed.

Was there an emergency?

There are situations where you may need to take evasive actions to avoid an emergency. For example, if you need to avoid a collision or if another driver exhibits road rage, you may need to maneuver recklessly to escape or to prevent an accident. If you had to avoid an accident or other emergency, you must prove that you drove reasonably, given your circumstances.

Did your car experience a mechanical failure?

If your car has a mechanical failure or if your vehicle has faulty equipment, the driving errors may not be your fault. For instance, a break malfunction can make it difficult to stop your car, which may look like reckless driving to law enforcement.

To fight a reckless driving charge, you may also be able to utilize the help of expert witnesses who can reconstruct accidents or offer insight into the circumstances of your case.

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