Orange County Vehicular Manslaughter Attorney

What constitutes vehicular manslaughter in California?

If a death is caused in a motor vehicle accident case, the person who caused the death may be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Vehicular manslaughter occurs when a death occurs because of a driver's gross negligence. A number of factors could go into being charged with vehicular manslaughter. A driver who was texting while driving and not paying attention may be charged with gross negligence if a death results. If a driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the District Attorney could decide to bring charges, or even if the driver was being reckless by speeding.

Determining Fault After a Fatal Auto Accident

Any time a traffic accident results in a fatality, the circumstances are tragic. It is important for the arresting agency and their investigators to consider all factors in an accident and make the correct conclusions about which driver or drivers were at fault. Many times, there are a number of conditions that play into an accident. Contacting an experienced injury attorney is often the best way to determine who was at fault in the accident. The legal team at Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. can use experts to re-create the accident and make scientific assumptions about where the fault lies.

If a death occurs in an auto accident, you must consult with a qualified lawyer to get your questions answered and get the outcome you and your family deserve. The victim in a vehicular manslaughter case does not have to be another driver; it may be another person in the car, a passenger of a different car or even a pedestrian who is wrongfully hit. Every case is different, and you can trust the Orange County car accident lawyers at our firm to handle your case with compassion and honesty. Do not hesitate to take the first step by filling out an online case evaluation form today.

Seeking Damages Through a Wrongful Death Claim

If your loved one was killed in a motor vehicle accident, it is likely that the responsible driver will face criminal charges; however, a guilty verdict will not compensate you and your family for the financial and emotional losses that you have suffered. For this reason, it is your right to seek damages through a wrongful death claim. With the help of a personal injury attorney in Orange County, you can pursue financial restitution for a wide range of damages, including, but not limited to:

  • The cost of your loved one's funeral and burial
  • Medical bills incurred by the deceased after the accident
  • The loss of financial support that the deceased would have provided
  • The value of household services that the deceased would have provided
  • Loss of comfort, assistance, protection, companionship, etc.

In California, most surviving family members are entitled to bring a wrongful death action. This can include the deceased's surviving spouse, domestic partner, children or dependent parents. If the victim has no heirs, then those who would be entitled to the deceased's estate may file a claim. This could include the deceased's non-dependent parents, siblings or even grandparents. If you have questions about your eligibility, we encourage you to set up a free initial consultation today.

Don't Wait to Take Action – Contact Our Firm 24/7

After suffering the loss of a family member at the hands of a negligent motorist, there is nothing that can be done to bring back the life that was lost; however, pursuing compensation through a wrongful death claim may help you and your family to seek justice on their behalf. The Orange County injury lawyers at Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. have already recovered more than $50 million in damages for past clients, and they are ready to do the same for you. Call now to find out how we can put 30 years of legal experience to work for you as you seek restitution for the losses that you have suffered.

We are available 24/7, so do not hesitate to call now for a free consultation!

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