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Vehicular Manslaughter

The death of a person is very traumatic and life-changing to others. Because the deceased have no voice, the charges for manslaughter are very high and very hard to get out of once charged. Manslaughter is not to be confused with homicide; they are two different acts and two different ways the court looks at a case.

Homicide is the premeditated killing of one person by another person. Manslaughter, however, is the unlawful killing of another person without premeditation. Voluntary manslaughter is reactive and is the killing of another person in the heat of a moment. Involuntary manslaughter is the unintended killing of a person. And the last form of manslaughter is vehicular manslaughter – the unintended killing of a person through means of a vehicle.

Negligent driving is not taken lightly because of its serious risks. If someone is driving at excessive speeds and hits a stalled car on the road and kills the passengers of the vehicle, he or she is a negligent driver and can be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Inattentive behavior such as talking on a cellular phone, eating a meal, or grooming one’s self while driving can also result in the same kind of death and are grounds for manslaughter charges.

If a driver committed an unlawful act, such as fleeing from police officers, and killed someone on the road, he or she can be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

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