Every time you operate a motor vehicle, you could potentially be putting your life at risk. The possibility of vehicular manslaughter and even homicide are very real. This is something that most people don’t think about when they decide to go for a drive.
This risk is even higher when the motor vehicle you’re operating only has two wheels. Each year, there are thousands of motorcycle accidents in the United States alone, with a fraction of them ending in death.
Still, there are many people who don’t seem to understand the responsibility that comes with driving. However, the people of Brentwood, TN may be taking a little bit of extra time to think about this after a recent motorcycle accident has left a local man dead.
According to reports, Anthony Peters was killed after crashing into a Brentwood police car while riding his Harley-Davidson.
Peters, who was traveling northbound at the time, was going approximately 35 mph when he crossed the double line and hit a police car that was traveling in the opposite direction.
The police department has since issued a statement expressing sympathy for the loss.
Officer Seth Whitt, an 11-year veteran of the police department who was also involved in the accident, was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries.
No charges will be filed, but many motor vehicle accidents resulting in an unintentional death are considered vehicular manslaughter.
What to Do If You’re Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter
Getting into any sort of motor vehicle accident can be very stressful. An accident which ends with a lost life is even more stressful.
Although vehicular manslaughter recognizes that the death was accidental, it is still a very serious crime.
Vehicular manslaughters often occur as the result of reckless driving or driving under the influence (DUI). If drugs or alcohol were involved, the person at fault could be at risk for even more legal action.
If you find yourself potentially facing a vehicular manslaughter charge, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced attorney.
One of the worst things you could do is attempt to handle the situation on your own or hire an attorney who doesn’t have experience dealing with vehicular manslaughter cases.
An attorney can help you understand your options and represent you in front of a judge should your case go to trial.
Aside from jail time, some of the legal consequences that can come as a result of a vehicular manslaughter are:
Counseling and/or rehab
If you’re looking for a skilled attorney with experience handling vehicular manslaughter cases, don’t wait until it’s too late. Nash Law, PLLC is here to help and has what it takes to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Contact us today at 615-628-7555.
This article was written by the author on behalf of Nash Law, PLLC.