Traffic fatalities are non-criminal traffic infractions that are issued for fatal car accidents. If somebody dies during an accident and one party is issued a non-criminal traffic citation, this is considered a fatality.
While this is a non-criminal process, you are still entitled to a hearing before a judge. If found guilty by a judge, you can face high fines, a six-month driver's license suspension (minimum), and possibly more than 100 hours of community service.
If you are charged with a crime for a death that occurred during a car accident, this would be a manslaughter charge.
Many car accidents involving death are not resolved immediately. Traffic Homicide investigators will try to piece together what happened. The subject of the investigation could be charged with a serious crime, a traffic infraction (fatality), or nothing at all.
If you are involved in a traffic accident where a person has died, call a criminal defense attorney to discuss your rights, responsibilities, and options.