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What is Vehicular Manslaughter?

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 13 Jan 2016 | comments*Discuss
Vehicular Manslaughter Reckless Driving

Vehicular manslaughter is the unlawful and accidental killing of an individual using a motor vehicle.

How is Vehicular Manslaughter Defined?

If you are in charge of a vehicle that is in some way responsible for the accidental death of another human being then you have committed vehicular manslaughter.

This can happen in a number of ways. The most common are running over a pedestrian or person in the street, mounting the pavement and hitting a pedestrian or causing death by reckless driving or driving under the influence of alcohol.

Drink Driving

Anyone found to be in charge of a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol is considered to be a drunk driver. During the course of the year many individuals are needlessly killed by drivers who are either currently drunk - or who have not yet sobered up from the night before. This is considered to be vehicular manslaughter - it's often argued that the individual did not set out to kill someone but the circumstances in which they were driving the vehicle were such that a death was likely to occur.

Hit and Run

Again the term 'hit and run' can be applied to any vehicular accident from which the driver flees the scene, either on foot or in the vehicle which caused the accident. For the most part if an individual flees the scene of an accident then liability is almost certainly theirs whether intentionally or otherwise. They may not be licensed to drive the vehicle they were in, may not have the correct insurance or MOT, the vehicle may not be roadworthy or they may be under the influence of alcohol or substance which could impair their judgement.

Driving whilst Disqualified

The law states that if the driver of a vehicle is not legally entitled to drive and causes the death of another person - they have committed vehicle manslaughter.

Taking Without Consent

Taking without consent (commonly referred to as TWOKing) is the theft of a vehicle and then driving it public roads and highways without a licence or insurance. Several laws being broken from the outset here, but are compounded by the inadvertent causing of death if the vehicle knocks down a pedestrian or has a collision with another motorist. In many instances of so-called 'joyriding' the driver of the vehicle is often in their teens and under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.

The sentence for vehicular manslaughter is determined by the judge in charge of hearing the case. He or she may insist upon a prison term of a minimum of four years or may suggest that the jury opt for a lesser sentence with additional time to be spent in rehabilitation or community service.

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A friend of mine who has recently received a one year driving ban maintains that he can still use his international driving licence during his ban
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