If you're involved in a single vehicle accident, you might end up with a reckless driving ticket even if you didn't cause injuries or property damage to anyone else.
Virginia law requires police officers to write a ticket whenever there is an accident that involves some sort of injury or damage, even if it's minor and only affects the driver of the vehicle. Drivers often end up with a reckless driving ticket simply because there aren't many possibilities for a citation that fits this particular situation.
Getting Your Reckless Driving Charge Reduced or Dropped
In a single vehicle accident, receiving a ticket for reckless driving is interpreted to mean that you failed to maintain control of your vehicle. Since you were involved in an accident, it's true that you did lose control of your vehicle at some point. However, it's not a good idea to simply plead guilty and pay the ticket.
The judge has great discretion in reckless driving cases involving a single vehicle accident that caused no injuries or property damage to anyone but the driver. The law recognizes that the mere fact you were in an accident doesn't mean you are guilty of a crime. The defense must actually prove that you engaged in reckless behavior, such as speeding or falling asleep at the wheel.
If you can show that weather, medical emergency, or some other extenuating circumstance played a factor, you may be able to have the charge reduced to improper driving or dropped altogether. Showing a past record of safe driving may also act as a point in your favor.
T. Kevin Wilson Can Help Protect Your Rights
Reckless driving is considered a criminal charge under Virginia law, not a simple traffic violation. A conviction leaves you with fines, the possibility of jail time, and the stigma of a criminal record. After a single vehicle accident, there's no reason to accept these consequences without a fight.
Attorney T. Kevin Wilson has extensive experience helping Virginia drivers handle their reckless driving cases. Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation case review.