One recent weekend in September, Virginia State Police issued more than 1,000 (one thousand) tickets to drivers along 870 miles of Interstates 81, 95, 85 and 64. Drivers were cited for such charges as speeding, reckless driving, drunken driving, and drug and other felony charges.
What happens if one of these drivers had been involved in a car accident? Many might believe a lawsuit against the driver would be a slam dunk.
“Not necessarily,” says Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau. “Just because a driver is charged at scene, gets a ticket, and has to go to court does NOT automatically mean he or she will be found liable for a car crash victim’s injuries, lost wages, and other harms. We all know people who have “beaten a ticket.” Each case is different, and an experienced lawyer can help determine the relevant facts. Early investigation of an accident case forms the critical foundation to later claims for injuries and losses. “