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When a Car Accident Turns into a Criminal Case: 5 Scenarios to Consider

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Car accidents can have severe consequences and, in some cases, even turn into criminal situations. In this article, we will explore five scenarios in which an accident may be considered a criminal case:

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

When a driver decides to operate their vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and causes an accident, they may face criminal charges for the damages and injuries caused.


Traffic rules exist to prevent accidents and keep people safe. Exceeding speed limits by a significant margin can result in criminal consequences if it causes an accident.

Reckless Driving

Every driver must act with care and responsibility to keep the streets safe. Reckless driving increases the chances of causing an accident and is considered a criminal act.

Gross Negligence

Gross negligence is considered when driving without paying attention to traffic rules or with a vehicle in poor condition, knowing that it can cause incidents on the road.

Vehicular Homicide

When the accident results in the death of a person due to the reckless or negligent actions of the driver, homicide charges can be filed.

Road safety is the responsibility of all drivers. If they consciously decide not to respect traffic rules or drive negligently, the crash goes beyond a simple accident and becomes part of the criminal sphere of the law.

If you are injured or a loved one dies in an accident with criminal characteristics, it is vital to seek specialized legal advice. Your legal team can protect your rights and face the process with experience and effectiveness.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.