Comedian Tracy Morgan’s vehicle was struck by a Walmart truck in early June, 2014 on the New Jersey Turnpike, severely injuring Morgan and killing one of his companions. The driver pleaded “not guilty” at his arraignment, where he was charged for vehicular homicide and assault by auto. Was the trucker guilty of driver negligence?
Driver Negligence: What is It?
Driver negligence is basically a lack of attention to the road. Carelessness is dangerous, especially when you’re driving a vehicle as big as a Walmart truck. It falls under a long list of serious traffic and driving offenses in Wisconsin that include drunk driving, hit-and-run, and reckless driving.
If you’ve been charged with any form of driver negligence in Wisconsin, you deserve an attorney. There are three big reasons you shouldn’t step into the courtroom without one:
1. Make Sure Your Side of the Story is Presented – and Presented Well
When you’re accused of a traffic crime, including negligent driving, reckless driving or hit-and-run, or if you’re charged with a DUI/OWI, there are several good explanations about why things happened the way they did. However, it’s tough to convey your message appropriately in court; you’re under a lot of pressure, you’re being drilled with questions, and it’s easy to become a little confused. An attorney who’s been there before can argue your case on your behalf so that your side of the story comes out.
2. You Don’t Deserve to Be Bullied
While it’s unfortunate, it’s true that some prosecutors will try to bully you during your trial. You deserve better than that, because in this country, you’re innocent until proven guilty – not the other way around. You deserve a fair shot, and an experienced traffic and driving offense lawyer will be able to ensure that prosecutors don’t trample on your rights while you’re in court.
3. You Need a Fresh Pair of Eyes Looking at Your Case
Your lawyer will know what questions to ask you in order to get to the bottom of things. He or she will pay close attention to all of the details in order to mount a defense.
When you’re charged with a serious traffic crime, it’s hard to defend yourself all alone. For most people, it’s best to work with a lawyer who understands the Milwaukee court system and can help you through every step of the process.