Fatal Car Accidents in Bakersfield, CA
Vehicular manslaughter is actually a criminal offense that occurs when a driver who is speeding,
driving under the influence or otherwise violating a traffic law or acting negligently and causes a fatal car accident. When the at-fault driver is found to be driving drunk or driving under the influence of drugs, this criminal offense is typically much more serious, particularly if he or she has previous DUI arrests or convictions on his or her record. Vehicular manslaughter may be charged as a misdemeanor (punishable by up to 12 months in county jail) or a felony (punishable with time in state prison) depending on the specific circumstances of the case.
It is important to note that a driver who causes a fatal car accident may not only face vehicular manslaughter charges but may also be brought to justice in civil court by way of a
wrongful death claim. The surviving family members may work with a Bakersfield car accident lawyer to sue the responsible driver to the full extent of the law. Although there is nothing we can do to bring back your lost loved one - and although it may seem as though next to nothing could alleviate the pain you are experiencing - we have found that many of our clients have experienced relief in knowing that the responsible driver was brought to justice in both criminal and civil court.
If you would like to learn more about vehicular manslaughter and your legal rights if you have lost a loved one in a
Bakersfield car accident, please do not hesitate to call our firm at 800-358-9617 or contact us online for your free case review. With more than 35 years of combined attorney experience and the dedication to handle your claim with the care and attention you deserve, our firm can help you through this very difficult time.
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