Michael Broughton can be reached at the Phoenix Office of Accident Reconstruction Associates where he performs collision reconstruction duties and the administrative tasks necessary to keep ARA running. He is married and has lived in the Phoenix area since late 1987. He graduated from Catalina High School in Tucson, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona, where he spent three and one-half years studying accounting. When law enforcement beckoned, he left the university to enter the law enforcement field.
Michael Broughton handles criminal defense cases for which ARA is retained. In the civil realm, he handles all types of collisions and incidents He is the company specialist in pedestrian and bicycle collision reconstruction.
Michael began his career with the Pinal County Sheriff's Department in 1976. When the Department formed a traffic unit in January, 1978, he was one of two deputies selected. For the remainder of his career, Michael served as the fatal and serious injury collision investigator for the Department. While still performing these functions, he also worked in the Fugitive Division and in General Investigations. He was named Deputy of the Year in 1986. Mike left the Department in October, 1987, when opportunity knocked in the form of a job offer to move to the Phoenix area and do accident reconstruction work in the private sector.
Mike worked for Lamont Skousen and Associates, learning the nuances of the civil world and building relationships with attorneys and other clients. At Mr. Skousen's urging, he began Michael S Broughton Accident Reconstruction in 1989, a business he nurtured until he joined with Larry Cripe to form Accident Reconstruction Associates in 1999.
He has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) since 1994. He is recognized as an expert witness in Superior Courts throughout Arizona, and he has testified in the State of Nevada District Court. He has instructed Accident Investigation and Advanced Accident Investigation classes for law enforcement officers as well as giving numerous presentations to organizations in the private sector.
Michael also teaches Defensive Driving classes for Arizona Traffic Schools. He is comfortable speaking in front of groups and uses his experience to present testimony to the jury in a common sense, easy to understand manner. He has been involved in numerous outcomes favorable to the client in both civil and criminal cases.