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Over 38,000 people die in car accidents in the US every year. Though strict regulations are in place to ensure everyone’s safety on the road, reality proves time, and time again, that you just need a split second to make a mistake that can prove fatal.
But what happens to you if that mistake kills someone?
You May Be Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter
Manslaughter refers to killing a person but, unlike murder, the act was not committed on purpose. Vehicular manslaughter means that someone unintentionally caused a car accident that led to someone losing their life. Even if the act was not done on purpose, the at-fault driver will still face some form of punishment.
However, the issue of negligence comes into play. In both New York and New Jersey, vehicular manslaughter laws apply when the at-fault driver is found driving recklessly, or in clear disregard for the safety of others. Such instances include:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Blatantly ignoring traffic signs
- Excessive speeding
- Other forms or erratic behavior
Penalties for these crimes can be harsh. For instance, in New Jersey, vehicular manslaughter can be considered a second-degree crime that carries a sentence of 5-10 years and a fine up to $150,000.
If you are charged with vehicular manslaughter, you need to get in touch with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to get a jump start on working on your defense.
What If You Weren’t Reckless?
There may be certain instances where your driving is not considered reckless, as you acted reasonably, in which case you won’t face any criminal charges. For instance, if you take your eyes off the road for a split second to glance at your GPS, you may not be charged with manslaughter.
However, if the state doesn’t bring up any charges, it doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods yet. The family of the deceased person may bring a civil wrongful death lawsuit against you to recover damages. This is a way for the family to seek justice and remuneration for the extreme pain they are going through.
Such lawsuits are incredibly complex and can bankrupt you, so even if you are not facing charges, you should still hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you during the trial.
Zuck Legal Is Here to Assist You
If you or a loved one is at-fault in a car accident that has led to someone’s death, do not wait to get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer for help. Zuck Legal will start working on a good defense and provide expert support throughout the entire process to ensure you can successfully navigate it.
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