Vehicular homicide, also known as “vehicular manslaughter” occurs when a driver recklessly causes the death of another person while operating a motor vehicle. While people often think of vehicular manslaughter in the context of DWI cases, the charge has a much broader application and can certainly apply to people who unintentionally kill others as a result of texting while driving.
The death of an individual in a car accident case is not enough to convict someone of vehicular manslaughter. The state has to show a connection between the death and the conduct of the defendant; for example, if evidence from the defendant’s cell phone shows that he or she was texting just before the crash – this could be damaging against him or her.
If you were injured in an accident, it is important that you know that the immediate investigation of a personal injury case cannot be overemphasized. The investigation aspect of a case is the foundation for which the case results are built, and trying to settle a case without the proper investigation and preparation would be foolhardy.
One of the most common mistakes made by personal injury attorneys is to wait until the last minute to prepare a case for settlement, or worse, for trial. Whenever you are injured in an accident, not only do you want to hire an attorney right away, but your attorney must begin the investigation immediately after accepting your case.
Were you injured in an auto accident? If so, you are not alone. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 65,539 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2013, with 89,270 people sustaining a serious injury, and 3,377 people losing their lives.
Data from TxDOT reveals that most accidents in Texas result from drunk driving, tailgating, and speeding, failing to yield, and running red lights or stop signs. You can be the best driver in the world, but no matter how responsible you are, you simply cannot control what other drivers do.