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Vehicular Manslaughter

Definition - What does Vehicular Manslaughter mean?

Vehicular manslaughter is the crime of killing an individual due to speeding, drunk driving, illegitimate driving of a vehicle, reckless driving, or gross negligence while driving. In the United States, depending on the circumstances that led to the accident and death, vehicular manslaughter can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.

Vehicular manslaughter is also referred to as vehicular homicide.

Justipedia explains Vehicular Manslaughter

When an individual causes the death of someone else while driving a vehicle, the crime is referred to as vehicular manslaughter, regardless of the details of the incident. When the wrongdoer intentionally kills someone by using a vehicle as a weapon, the crime is referred to as voluntary manslaughter.

Vehicular manslaughter is generally regarded as involuntary manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide. Vehicular manslaughter can occur as a result of reckless driving, drunk driving, illegal driving of a vehicle, or gross negligence.

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