Courts differentiate between first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and manslaughter. Manslaughter is divided into voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. If you fatally injured someone in a car accident in Missouri, you may be charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Vehicular manslaughter penalties are uniform across all states. If you face a vehicular manslaughter charge in Missouri, you may face several different punishments depending on the circumstances of the automobile accident.
Vehicular manslaughter charges in Missouri may give rise to different types of felonies. A Class A felony usually involves specific circumstances, such as two or more individuals dying during an automobile accident.
If a non-passenger dies during an automobile accident, then this may give rise to a Class B felony charge. Also, if the driver responsible for the automobile accident had a blood-alcohol level above 0.18, then he or she may be charged with a Class B felony in Missouri.
If you are charged with vehicular manslaughter in Missouri, then you may also face a Class C felony charge if any person dies during an automobile accident. The individual charged with a Class C felony may possibly be incarcerated for seven years or less.
Both the Class C felony charge and the Class B felony charge may include a $5,000 fine.
If You Lost a Loved One in an Accident, You May Be Entitled to Compensation
Every state has different laws regarding wrongful death suits. A wrongful death claim in Missouri is available when a wrongful act results in someone’s death, but if that someone had lived, they would have had a claim for damages.
Three groups of people can bring a wrongful death suit in Missouri. A plaintiff can sue only if they do not qualify for the higher category. The first category includes the parents, spouse, and children (adopted and natural), or if the children are deceased, the child’s descendants.
The second category includes the decedent’s siblings or the descendants of those siblings. The third category only applies when the court appoints a “plaintiff ad litem” because no members of the first two categories exist.
You can recover the following damages in wrongful death suits in Missouri:
- Funeral expenses
- Damages suffered by the decedent between the time of the injury and the time of death
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of support
These are just a few of the damages available to plaintiffs in wrongful death suits in Missouri.
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If you have been injured in an accident, call the Krause & Kinsman Law Firm today or contact us online.
Where do the laws related to wrongful death suits come from?
States have statutes that specify the requirements and boundaries of wrongful death suits.
Will I have to pay my attorney fees before I receive representation?
No, most wrongful death attorneys will take a percentage of the financial award you receive.
Is there a time limitation for me to bring a wrongful death claim in Missouri?
The statute of limitations for Missouri wrongful death claims is three years.