Street racing is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Many people sympathize with street racing culture but underestimate the risks. If you lost a family member to street racing or were hurt by a street racer, there are laws in place to help you seek financial remedies. A Dallas street racing accident lawyer at Loncar Lyon Jenkins could act as your legal representative.
A street racing accident is not necessarily your fault, and the law is built to protect you. Victims have a foundation of legal rights that have been augmented in recent years. In cases where a street racer is caught, the reckless driver can be charged criminally. Onlookers face citations from police, and a member of our team can help you hold the at-fault party liable. We can explore what options are available to you legally.
What Are Street Racing Accidents Worth?
Street racing accidents are considered personal injury cases. This catch-all legal term can cover a range of cases, from medical malpractice to auto accidents.
Within the category of street racing accidents, there is also tremendous variability. Some are hit-and-run cases. Others can result in wrongful death. This variability means that there’s no way to assign an average value to street racing accident settlements.
There is one factor that remains consistent with these accidents though. Across all street racing accidents, your settlement amount will be impacted by the severity of these damages:
- Large medical expenses, like surgery or other life-saving treatment
- The inability to earn present and future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Continued treatment, like physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Assistive device costs, like wheelchairs or home adaptations
Other damages may be included in the valuation of your settlement. A street racing accident attorney can help you estimate the value of your case.
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How a Street Racing Injury Attorney Can Help You
Texas Transportation Code § 545.420 stipulates that street racing of any kind is illegal. Street racing is a dangerous practice that ends innocent lives, not just those of the criminals participating. Loncar Lyon Jenkins knows how to bring street racing cases to court and prove the elements of the law before a jury. If the facts of your case are strong enough, we will be able to pursue monetary relief at no cost to you.
There are many ways our Dallas street racing accident lawyers can help injured clients, such as:
- Promptly collecting any relevant evidence
- Conducting witness discovery and testimony management
- Ensuring accuracy of police reports and medical records
- Discerning which law(s) may have been violated
- Determining the correct party or parties to sue
- Filing claims with relevant insurers
- Issuing demand letters with insurers
- Filing necessary legal court papers
- Developing legal strategy and execution
These are just some of the most common ways clients receive benefits from our team.
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What if The Liable Party Claims I’m Responsible for the Street Racing Accident?
During your legal or insurance proceedings, the at-fault party may claim that you were partially responsible for the accident. If this occurs, don’t fret.
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 33 provides a provision for proportionate responsibility in car accidents. Assuming you are not more than 50% responsible for the accident, you can still receive compensation.
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Why Choose a Street Racing Accident Attorney from Loncar Lyon Jenkins?
Our firm has been in business since 1988. Since our inception, we’ve grown to represent several thousand clients a year. This breadth of experience means we have the tools necessary to represent the victims of street racing accidents.
As a firm, we’re committed to supporting communities throughout Texas, Dallas included. To encourage safer driving practices, we offer a $2,500 yearly scholarship to students who produce a distracted driving PSA video.
This commitment to community extends into our legal practice as well. Our legal representation has produced thousands of satisfied clients. Read their testimonials below:
- “I truly enjoyed working with Loncar and Associates! They were professional, responsive, and definitely got the ball rolling with my case when my insurance continued to drag their feet. I was able to receive physical therapy, an MRI and ex-ray at no cost thanks to Loncar. I was also very pleased with the outcome of my case.” – Nella D.
- “My experience from start to finish was nothing but great. Mrs. Hernandez was a key person in my case, she was very thoughtful, helpful and helped me get what I needed. I would definitely recommend them for all your legal needs!” Linda S.
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We Can Represent Wrongful Death Street Racing Accidents
Wrongful deaths are a potential consequence of street racing accidents. Our attorneys can support those who are struggling with the loss of a loved one.
Like street racing accident injury cases, wrongful death cases have corresponding damages:
- Funeral expenses.
- Pain and suffering that your loved one suffered before their passing.
- Loss of consortium, a legal term that accounts for the loss of a close relationship.
- Medical expenses associated with your loved one’s accident.
Texas law has a specific definition of wrongful death. Per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 71.002(b), the loss of your loved one must have stemmed from the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness” of the liable party.
For you to win your wrongful death case, your lawyer must demonstrate that the above negligence resulted in the loss of your loved one. Luckily, neglect and carelessness are two hallmarks of street racing.
The Allure of Mortal Danger for Street Racers
Part of the risk in street racing is in how people are recruited from a young age to take part in reckless behavior on shared public roads. Street racing was popularized primarily by movies such as The Fast And The Furious, and Rebel Without A Cause, per this Arizona State University study on street racing in the United States.
These films starred Paul Walker and James Dean, respectively, both of whom were later killed at high speeds in a fancy Porsche sports car on public roads. The fact that street racing culture was made popular by men who were killed at speed seems to only have added to the allure. But consent is removed when innocent individuals are hurt and killed, which happens far too often in the United States, Texas, and Dallas especially.
Dangers of Street Racing
Unfortunately, street racers all-too-often tragically take the life of innocent individuals and drive away. Texas Revised Transportation Code § 550.022 states that drivers must stop and get out if they cause damage to property or person. Depending on the damage caused, hit and run can be a felony crime.
Aside from hit and run, there are many other illegal symptoms of street racing that put innocent lives at risk. Operating outside the law, street racing culture becomes a hotbed of illegal activity and danger. Street races often see other unlawful practices such as:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Auto theft
- Gang-related activity
- Public order violations (i.e., public intoxication or urination, disturbing the peace, noise ordinance violations)
- Blocking traffic
- Driving recklessly (i.e., doing donuts in an intersection, power-sliding or drifting across traffic lanes)
Street races sometimes draw large crowds, and this alone can create a disturbance in a neighborhood’s normal function. Traffic is often blocked for street drag races, with the intention of also impeding police response time. However, this also has the side-effect of blocking ambulances, fire trucks, and all other emergency response personnel. It does not stretch the imagination to see why street racing, speed, and reckless driving are leading causes of mortality on the roads.
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The statute of limitations for civil injury is two years in Texas, Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16. In other words, a lawsuit would be invalidated in Texas if it claimed damages for an injury that occurred more than two years in the past. This rule is enough to give many claimants cause to act quickly if they are injured due to the fault of another.
In many cases of street racing accidents in Dallas, injuries occur. Victims have often invested thousands of their own dollars into their own medical insurance copays before they receive compensation from a lawsuit. Eliminating this financial burden as fast as possible is typically the primary motivating factor behind people who seek legal remedy.
Serious injuries deserve a person’s full-time attention in the healing process. The sooner you act, the sooner your Dallas street racing accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can get started helping you. We operate on a contingency basis, and do not take a fee if you do not collect compensation for your damages. Call us today to get started.