Traffic court rooms are normally the backdrop to some of the duller cases that our legal system has to offer. Sometimes however a case comes along that is so observed it can’t help but make you stop and smile. Here are four such funny legal cases that will brighten a dull day.
The wedding crasher
If you were unfortunate enough to cause an accident you might expect to be ordered to pay for damages to the vehicles, maybe even compensation to victims injured in the incident, being asked to pay for a wedding however might take you by surprize, but this is exactly what one Italian couple demanded in court back in 1990.
The court heard how a Neapolitan couple had been parked in there Fiat Panda when another, much larger car, ran into the back of them causing damage to the car’s body work. A claim for the costs of repairing the car might seem fair enough, but a wedding?
Apparently the couple had been enjoying a sexual activity in the car, and the jolt to the car was enough to push them over the edge, ruining their planned contraception technique of “pulling out”.
The couple therefore held the driver that hit them responsible for the resulting pregnancy and thought it only fair that they should be able to claim wedding costs.
The Ghost Rider
Judges faced problems this year after they summoned a speeding female motorist to court after they received there 9th point from speeding violations. The culprit failed to appear in court on the grounds that they had died nearly a year before the speeding violations were committed. The incident turned out to be a tale of deceit rather than a ghost story. The woman’s husband had been committing the offences and filling out the paper work in his late wife’s name. She really was getting the blame for everything.
If you fancy a new car, why not bill it to the tax payers. This is exactly what one Australian man tried to do when attempted to sue his local government for damages to his car. At first look you might think he had a decent case as the car was damaged whilst parked when a government truck drove into it. However as the man happened to be the government employee driving the truck at the time of the incident the case suddenly seemed a whole lot less straight forward. Eventually the court decided it could not hear the case as the man was effectively suing himself.
Still eager for a new car a second attempt at a court case has been made, this time in the name of the man’s wife who also part owns the car. However it seems this case might not be heard either as laws prevent a married couple from suing one another.
When too drunk to drive take a taxi
Taking a taxi when drunk might seem like good advice, but making sure you are sober enough to recognise a taxi from a Police car is probably even better advice. One UK drunk driver who had been caught by police decided to flee the scene. With access to his car being prevented by police the intoxicated offender thought he could make his escape by hailing a taxi. Unfortunately however the markings he’d recognised as that of a taxi were actually those of a Police car and no sooner than he’d sat down he was arrested. The court case here was not a particularly complicated one and a driving ban and fine were quickly imposed.
Traffic courts are not always this exciting and if you’ve fallen foul of a driving offence it’s often sensible to seek legal advice. One great source of legal driving advice is the Pannone driving offence solicitor’s blog that can be found here.