Most drivers in Virginia and across the country know of the importance of being fully vigilant so that they can respond to road conditions that could potentially change rapidly. Unfortunately, even the most vigilant of drivers are not always able to respond quickly enough to unexpected obstacles due to visibility issues, for example. Despite this, law enforcement officials may be quick to make assumptions about the cause of an accident. For example, a woman now faces DUI accusations following a recent collision.
The accident that led to allegations against the woman reportedly happened during the evening hours of a day in early November. Reports indicate that a 46-year-old man was in the road, backing a vehicle into a driveway. A 63-year-old woman apparently failed to stop, and she crossed the dividing line and hit the man's pickup truck.
Reports indicate that the woman's vehicle then exited the roadway, striking multiple mailboxes. Though reports estimate damage to the vehicles in the several thousands of dollars, no injuries were reported. The woman is now facing a charge of driving under the influence.
Despite the allegations against the woman, it is unclear what her blood alcohol content was at the time of the collision or how it was determined. To be convicted of a DUI -- and other criminal charges -- there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, a standard that is purposefully set high. To help the Virginia woman respond to the allegations against her, she may opt to consult with an attorney with experience with such cases.