Construction workers often have very dangerous jobs and have to worry about motorists who drive very recklessly. If you are driving through a construction zone, however, you might have no intention of driving recklessly but simply find yourself confused when navigating the zone. If you are accused of reckless driving, you have every right to hire a reckless driving attorney so that you can mount a legal defense.
Visibility at a Construction Site
Construction workers often wear bright clothing so that they are easier to see when working alongside the road. Construction workers who must work at night will wear reflective clothing. Construction zones are also supposed to be designed to easily guide motorists through the zone so they can get through it safely.
However, construction zones are not always designed very well and construction workers don't always behave responsibly while on the job. There might be a multitude of factors for why your accident occurred, and a reckless driving defense attorney may be able to help you build an effective defense.
Penalties for Reckless Driving
Reckless driving is not considered to be an ordinary traffic citation. You will likely be taken into custody and might be required to spend time in jail. If you are charged with reckless driving on more than one occasion, your charges might be increased substantially.
If you injure someone as a result of reckless driving, your punishment will be much more severe. This is especially the case if the injuries are very serious. You may be required to spend several years in prison and pay thousands of dollars in fines.
How to Have Your Charges Reduced or Dismissed
To be able to build a defense for reckless driving, your attorney will need to gather evidence to be used to prove that you were not driving in a reckless manner. For example, one of the most common reasons why a motorist is considered to be reckless is because they are speeding. If you can prove that you were driving at a reasonable speed, you might be able to have your charges reduced.
Your attorney will examine the scene of the accident and will gather evidence to help you build an adequate defense. For example, an accident reconstructionist might be able to testify on your behalf and argue that the way in which the construction site was designed might have contributed to the accident and not your reckless driving.