Being involved in an accident where a person is killed is everyone's worst nightmare. No one ever wants their actions to have potentially resulted in the death of a person. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be at risk of being accused of involuntary manslaughter. This is particularly true if there is proof that you acted negligently or if you were found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.
This blog will provide a brief overview of what sentences and penalties exist for a person that is convicted of involuntary manslaughter as a negligent driver.
From the federal level, it goes without saying that involuntary manslaughter is seen as less serious than first-degree or second-degree murder. However, it is still an extremely serious offense, and is likely to result in a prison sentence of between 10 and 16 months. This could be more if recklessness was seen as the cause.
Your previous history will also be taken into consideration. If you have a history of reckless behavior that has got you in trouble with the law before, it is likely that you will receive a harsher sentence. However, if you have never had any legal altercations before and the conviction is out of character and due to negligence rather than recklessness, the sentence may be less harsh.
If you have been accused of involuntary manslaughter, then it is important to seek trusted legal guidance so that you can receive the assistance you need. Car accident accusations can be open to appeal since it can be so difficult to trace the course of events.
Source: Findlaw, "Involuntary manslaughter," accessed Sep. 29, 2017