Not only can driving recklessly or under the influence lead to serious legal consequences, but it puts everyone else on the road at risk. Any reckless driving, or driving under the influence, that causes injury or death can lead to vehicular assault or vehicular homicide charges. These felony convictions can see decades of jail time and a multitude of other consequences, not to mention the impact on the victim.
RCW 46.61.520: Vehicular homicide—Penalty.
- When the death of any person ensues within three years as a proximate result of injury proximately caused by the driving of any vehicle by any person, the driver is guilty of vehicular homicide if the driver was operating a motor vehicle:
- While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, as defined by RCW 61.502; or
- In a reckless manner; or
- With disregard for the safety of others.
- Vehicular homicide is a class A felony punishable under chapter 20RCW, except that, for a conviction under subsection (1)(a) of this section, an additional two years shall be added to the sentence for each prior offense as defined in RCW 46.61.5055.
RCW 46.61.522: Vehicular assault—Penalty.
- A person is guilty of vehicular assault if he or she operates or drives any vehicle:
- In a reckless manner and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or
- While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, as defined by RCW 61.502, and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or
- With disregard for the safety of others and causes substantial bodily harm to another.
- Vehicular assault is a class B felony punishable under chapter 20RCW.
- As used in this section, “substantial bodily harm” has the same meaning as in RCW 04.110.
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