When dangerous driving leads to a fatality, the driver could be facing vehicular homicide (sometimes called “vehicular manslaughter”) charges. Vehicular homicide laws differ greatly by state. In some states, any driver who drives recklessly or with gross negligence and accidentally kills another person can be convicted. In other states, the term “vehicular homicide” is used only to describe DUI-related killings. There are also states that don’t have laws specific to unlawful killings behind the wheel. In states without vehicular manslaughter laws, a motorist who kills another person while driving drunk or in a dangerous manner is usually charged with regular manslaughter or murder.
See below for more information about vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter, including how the crime is defined and punished in your state.