Following motor vehicle accidents in New York City, as well as in other cities throughout the U.S., law enforcement officers conduct accident investigations to determine what caused the collision to occur and who, if anyone, was at fault for the accident. In some cases, it can be difficult for police to determine what exactly happened because those who were involved in the accident may not be completely honest about what was going on at the time of the incident.
This was the case in the investigation into a fatal accident that occurred in 2011. The driver reportedly claimed to have fallen asleep, causing the accident. According to reports, the accident investigation conducted by law enforcement did not turn up evidence of any specific traffic violations so the driver was not charged for allegedly causing the accident.
The victim’s family, however, sought to hold the driver responsible for his role in causing the accident that took their son’s life. A judge apparently agreed with their evidence the driver had broken multiple traffic laws leading up to the collision. The judge ruled to suspend the man’s license for one year. It was not reported whether the driver intends to challenge the ruling.
Depending on the severity of the counts against you, it may be of benefit to consult with legal representation if you have been charged with traffic violations. An attorney will be able to ensure you fully understand your options and offer you advise on how best to proceed in your specific situation. Legal counsel is also available to answer questions and address any concerns that may arise throughout the process.
Source: USA Today, “N.Y. family who lost son fights distracted driving”, Terence Corcoran, May 29, 2013