Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Law, Medical Malpractice, News, Personal Injury Law, Tort Litigation | 0 comments

There have been many new advances made over the years in automobile safety in an attempt to reduce the number of severe injuries and fatalities from car accidents. While these advances have been successful in lowering the rate of these tragedies, they have by no means been eliminated. The persistence of reckless driving is one of the reasons many of the most severe accidents continue to occur. When the result of the car accident is a fatality for anyone besides the at-fault driver, the person who caused the wreck may be held civilly as well as criminally liable for the death of that person. In reference to criminal charges, this is known as vehicular homicide when it involves intentional or reckless behavior. However, the families of victims are also allowed under intentional tort law to file civil charges against the other driver. A civil suit that results in compensation to the victims can provide the financial resources needed for medical expenses, funeral costs, and wrongful death damages.

What Qualifies as Vehicular Homicide

Vehicular homicide is defined by a certain type of negligent use of a motor vehicle which ends in the death of one or more individuals. By this definition, a person may be guilty of vehicular homicide for people in a separate vehicle, but also for people in the same vehicle. Types of negligent use of a vehicle that may qualify as vehicular homicide includes:

  • Drunk driving
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Reckless Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Speeding

These types of vehicular homicide cases are usually tried in civil courts as wrongful death suits. If someone you love was involved in a car accident that could be classified as vehicular homicide, you may need the help of an experienced attorney to help your family file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek the compensation you need. This can help you cover the cost of a funeral and make up for lost income.

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