Street racing remains a threat to those who are on or near the roads of Texas. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on a street racer who fled from police after causing an accident that killed two children because of his dangerous driving on a crowded roadway in 2018, showing just how grave the cost of street racing can be. The cost of street racing may seem especially great when you or your loved one is a victim of such reckless driving behaviors.
If you or a loved one was injured or your loved one died as the result of street racing activity, then a Lubbock street racing accident lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation through legal outlets. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 877-239-4878 for a free consultation about seeking fair compensation after a street racing accident.
Street Racing Is a Danger to Texas Motorists and Pedestrians
Houston’s FOX 26 published an exposé detailing the dangers that street racing poses to those on and near the streets of Texas. Some of the findings of the report include that:
- There may be several organized street races in a single night, and countless unorganized contests
- Street racers do not see possible punishment as a deterrent to participation in high-speed races
- Street racers see the streets as cheaper, more accessible alternatives to safer tracks where racing is legally permitted
- There are documented injuries and deaths to others who are not participating in the street race
Regardless of the stated justification for engaging in a street race, the fact remains that the activity is illegal and can be extremely dangerous not only to participants, but to anybody who shares the road or occupies walkways, bicycle lanes, and other areas on or near the roadway.
The Act of Street Racing Is Inherently Dangerous
When applied in the context of motor vehicles, the term “racing” implies that two or more vehicles will be traveling at high rates of speed, with the fastest vehicle being deemed the victor. This incentive to go fast is inherently dangerous.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains that speeding:
- Contributed to the deaths of 9,378 people in 2018
- Was responsible for roughly one-quarter of all traffic deaths in 2017
- Is historically a factor in approximately 33% of motor vehicle accidents
- Increases the risk that you could lose control of your vehicle
- Increases the time and distance required to bring the vehicle to a stop
- Can cause more severe accidents, and a higher likelihood of injury and death as a result
Those who engage in street racing may be generally aware of the danger that they are posing to others, and this may be part of the thrill that they feel from racing. This means that they may be willfully putting others’ lives at risk, and yet they choose to street race anyway.
If you or your loved one was injured or killed because of street racers, you may have been willfully put at risk by those who participated in the dangerous act of racing. A Lubbock street racing accident lawyer may be able to help you seek the necessary level of justice against anybody who knowingly puts you and others at risk.
Call in the Strong Arm to help with your case by calling Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 877-239-4878.
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Insurance May Not Do Justice to Those Injured by Street Racing
Vehicle accidents happen under normal circumstances, and in such cases, drivers may be able to hash out payment through insurance. This may be the case if:
- Both drivers are insured
- The amount of coverage provided by responsible drivers’ insurance is sufficient to cover losses
- Both drivers are content to settle compensation matters through insurance
In the case that you or a loved one was injured by one or more parties involved in street racing, insurance may not be a feasible means of adjudicating your accident. The act of street racing could affect one’s level of insurance coverage, and may nullify the coverage that one’s policy may otherwise provide.
Even if an auto policy does cover a driver who was engaged in racing, you may seek compensation beyond what the policy covers in order to reflect the serious, willful risk that the responsible parties exposed you to. If either of these considerations apply to you, then you may choose to pursue a lawsuit.
Street Racing Could Be Obvious Grounds for a Lawsuit
A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate under several different circumstances, and a street racing-related accident may be a clear-cut reason for you to pursue legal action. You could be entitled to compensation regardless of whether the act of street racing is deemed negligent or an intentional act causing harm.
A lawyer can help you file and complete your lawsuit. Your lawyer may:
- Determine who is responsible for your losses, as parties involved in the race could be responsible for your losses even if their vehicle did not strike yours
- Collect evidence, such as video recordings and police reports, that support the allegation of street racing as a cause of your accident
- Collect testimony of those who witnessed the act of street racing and the collision that resulted
- Handle all of the legal aspects of your lawsuit
- Negotiate for compensation through a settlement, and proceed to trial if no acceptable settlement materializes
Your lawyer may defend your rights and seek fair compensation for your losses, which could include medical costs and any other hardship you have experienced because of your accident.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins Today
The team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins understands the hazard that street racing presents to public safety, and we empathize with anyone who has been victimized by reckless motorists. A Lubbock street racing accident lawyer from our team may be able to help you pursue compensation from those responsible parties.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 877-239-4878 for a free consultation about your case.