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A person charged with vehicular manslaughter must have known or been aware that their conduct created a high risk of harm to people and knowingly disregarded that risk.


The risk must also be one that a law-abiding citizen under similar circumstances would not take. If the conduct that caused the death was due to negligence, carelessness, or an accident, a person is not grossly negligent and should not be found guilty of  vehicular manslaughter.


Factors to consider when determining if a driver's actions were grossly negligent or merely negligent in a vehicular manslaughter trial include: the area of the accident, i.e., lighting and traffic; whether any vehicle laws were violated; the defendant's speed; evidence of alcohol or drugs; the force of the impact; the damage to the vehicle(s); the presence or absence of skid marks; whether the defendant fled the scene.


At the vehicular manslaughter trial, the state must prove that the Defendant acted in a grossly negligent manner, which is a manner that created a high degree of risk to human life; and that the grossly negligent conduct caused the death of the victim. Reckless driving may not be sufficient to prove the Defendant' state of mind. It may be a strong indication, but unless it is outrageous or extraordinary, it will not be sufficient for a vehicular manslaughter conviction.


Bowie lawyer, Maria Patterson, spent over 12 years as an attorney defending people who were sued by individuals claiming serious injuries in car accidents. As a result of the abundance of her successful trial results, Maria Patterson was recognized as a Top 1% Car Accident Lawyer. She was a trial attorney at Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and at the law offices of Timothy S. Smith & Associates in Greenbelt, Maryland.  Bowie lawyer, Maria Patterson, handled wrongful death claims and defended many drivers who were alleged to have been reckless and negligent. Vehicular Manslaughter cases typically result in personal injury claims. Bowie Attorney, Maria Patterson, has tried over 100 civil jury trials and cross examined and retained numerous accident reconstruction and toxicology experts that are often called to testify in vehicular manslaughter trials.


In most manslaughter cases, a personal injury attorney is monitoring the criminal case. Most criminal vehicular manslaughter defendants are unaware that a personal injury lawyer is considering whether to settle the case for the insurance policy or to seek a judgment against the defendant beyond the insurance policy limits . The personal injury attorney will monitor the criminal case to see if the defendant makes an admission against interest or is wealthy enough to contribute to a settlement or pay a judgment. Bowie attorney, Maria Patterson's, extensive experience as a personal injury attorney for plaintiffs and defendants makes her well suited to protect a criminal defendant from civil liability.


Criminal Defense attorney, Maria Patterson has been selected as a Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyer, a Top 50 Female Super Lawyer and a Top 100 National Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers.  She has also received a Top 10 client satisfaction award as a criminal defense attorney.


If you have been charged with vehicular manslaughter, please contact Bowie vehicular manslaughter lawyer, Maria Patterson, at 301-383-1525 to schedule a consultation at her Prince George's County office in Bowie, Maryland. Vehicular Manslaughter Lawyer, Maria Patterson, defends serious traffic crimes in most counties in Maryland, including Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Charles, Montgomery, and Calvert Counties. If you have further questions about car accident cases or believe that an injury or wrongful death claim should be pursued, please contact the lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott to schedule a free consultation.


The selection process is described by the organization as "In making selections for 2012's 'Top 1% Car Accident Lawyer' Award, staff utilized a multi-staged selection process that included third-party surveys, and a heavy emphasis on objective trial performance as memorialized through public record verdict summaries over the preceding two years. In sum, this award, which cannot be solicited, and for which a professional has no role in the nomination or selection process, represents the most objective rating system in existence, to recognize leading professionals in their state for handling car accident litigation."


Traffic Offenses: Vehicular Manslaughter

Bowie lawyer, Maria Patterson, handles criminal charges arising out of the use of a vehicle, including vehicular manslaughter in most counties in Maryland.  


Maryland vehicular manslaughter law defines vehicular manslaughter as causing the death of another person as a result of driving, operating, or controlling a vehicle in a grossly negligent manner. Gross negligence is a higher standard to prove than ordinary negligence. 


Bowie lawyer, Maria Patterson, handles criminal charges arising out of the use of a vehicle, including vehicular manslaughter in most counties in Maryland.  


Maryland vehicular manslaughter law defines vehicular manslaughter as causing the death of another person as a result of driving, operating, or controlling a vehicle in a grossly negligent manner. Gross negligence is a higher standard to prove than ordinary negligence. 


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