Car accidents happen every day, all around the state. While some of these incidents are often attributed to distracted or impaired driving, there are others that simple are just accidents. Unfortunately, those drivers deemed responsible for these types of collisions may still be subject to criminal charges and will, most likely, benefit from a well-panned criminal defense on their behalf.
Recently, in Northern California, a young man was involved in a late night car accident that resulted in the death of another person. According to police, the 19-year-old male supposedly swerved from his lane of traffic into an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the second car, a 23-year-old male, died before he could be transported for medical care. The driver deemed responsible for the crash claims to have been avoiding an animal in the road. He suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision.
While the investigation into this crash is still in its early stages, police have indicated that they do not believe drugs and/or alcohol contributed to this incident. At this time, criminal charges have not been filed against this teenager. However, vehicular manslaughter charges are a possibility.
If this California teen is charged for the accident, the potential consequences -- if convicted -- can drastically alter the course of his life. Between fines, imprisonment and a slew of other potential penalties, a criminal conviction would be a detriment to his future. While cases like this are certainly delicate, and often fueled by emotion and the need for justice by the victim's surviving family members, those accused are entitled to defend themselves or to seek the assistance of a criminal defense team. Through a thorough investigation and review of any evidence offered, it may be possible to fight the charges at hand or, if needed, seek alternative sentencing. Accidents do happen and, if criminal charges are filed, help is available to achieve the best outcome possible for the circumstances.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Driver, 19, could be charged in fatal south Sacramento crash, CHP says", Marissa Lang, April 12, 2015