Between our auto accident inquiries and my criminal law partner, Richard James, inquiries for moving violations and other vehicle related crimes/tickets, we sometimes get accident scenarios where the client looks at fault or clients seriously injured in car accidents but were given a citation or even arrested for reckless driving. When this happens, and it has happened quite a bit recently, we always separate the parts of the case and attack them individually. Then we see what happens. Sometimes, as with the cases below, we can turn lemons into lemonades.
RECKLESS DRIVING / SPEEDING / LANED ROADWAY VIOLATION
Rich signed up a client who was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving and multiple moving citations following a very serious auto accident on Route 95 near Westerly. He was very badly injured in the accident including an airlift by rescue with multiple fractures and a collapsed lung. The police completed an accident reconstruction but in so doing jumped to conclusions and used junk science to show our client was speeding and driving recklessly. We retained our expert witness, an accident deconstructionist, who was able to prove that the science the police used during their reconstruction was completely false. With his help we were also able to show that while our client was driving too fast, the accident was caused because the other vehicle changed lanes, sideswiping our client and causing him to lose control of his vehicle. Even though the police report was completely against our client we were successful in reducing the charges against him and able to obtain a personal injury settlement against the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash.