Traffic Deaths on the Rise in Nevada

January 15, 2013

Las Vegas Vehicular Manslaughter ChargeNevada had 258 traffic deaths in 2012, which is 12 more than in 2011. That's still lower than 2006, when the fatalities reached 432. Additionally, 2012 had fewer serious traffic-related injuries than in 2011.

Nevada has several crimes related to driving fatalities including DUI causing death, vehicular homicide, felony reckless driving, and the Nevada crime of vehicular manslaughter. Vehicular manslaughter occurs when a driver's simple negligence is the proximate cause of another's death. An example is hitting a pedestrian while speeding slightly over the limit.

The Nevada crime of vehicular manslaughter is a misdemeanor in the state. The punishment includes up to six months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines. In some felony reckless driving cases, the D.A. may be willing to reduce charges to vehicular manslaughter.

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