I'm not sure I understand completely the Reckless/Improper driving charge, here is the story:
My son (age 17-will be 18 in July) was leaving school yesterday afternoon. Beautiful, clear day. Another student was in front of him, and seems very unsure of the braking distances in front of her (lots of quick, jumpy braking on her part)and we have since fond out she just got her 'hard copy' license the day before. She braked hard one too many times and my son rear-ended her. (I have informed him anytime you are around someone driving like that, stay as far away from them as possible). Everyone was fine, they drove to a nearby gas station to wait for the deputy to arrive, she even opened her trunk got her some of her personal stuff-I am not an adjuster so I can only assume bumper damage only.
My son has never been in an accident and was very shook up. As a matter of fact, he was in such a fog he called me to ask what to do, and I talked him through it step by step and even called the deputies myself from two counties over from work. He told the cop that his brakes didnt work right. Well poor choice of wording on his part and got a ticket for "46.2-853 Improper Control-Bad Brakes" (That is what is written on his summons) My son is obviously inexperienced with accidents and driving-only having his license for maybe a year now. After talking with him last night we have discovered that his brakes not working right was probably him panicking and hitting them too hard, thus locking them up. So they didn't work like he would have liked them too would have been a better articulated comment.
My husband personally replaced those brakes before inspection and they obviously work fine due to him being able to relocate the car after the accident and the deputy let him drive home-would a police officer have let him drive anywhere with bad brakes??
Anyways, they are taking the car to a mechanic to have the brakes certified that they are infact in good working condition. My son is effectly grounded until we get this court date squared away. He has taken our insurances driving class online-finished the sessions last night, on advice from my agent. And I think the one offered on the DMV site would be a plus as well. My insurance has obviously been contacted and they will fix the young girls car. I am thinking that instead of the insurance company fixing his, I am going to have him take care of it, so he can feel the inconvience and hardship this kind of thing entails.
He does have his own policy which is kinda splintered off from mine so I am not too worried about rates, those are his to bare. Me and my husband will accompany him in court and I am leaning towards an attorney not being necessary at this point. But the reckless driving thing is bugging me, is that what he is charged with? A 6 point offense up there with DUI? My son was shook up, and didn't articulate himself very well; he is a good kid, good grades a senior looking forward to college and this kind of mistake seems blown out of proportion, any advice?
I'm sorry this is so long, but I wanted to give you a clear picture of the situation. I thank anyone who made it this far and can offer suggestions/answers.