Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrate that between 2001 and 2010, there were 153 individuals killed in 122 accidents.
During the 1930’s alcohol prohibition, drag racing would become popular for both gangsters and other individuals who possessed fast automobiles. Unfortunately, drag racing is illegal and dangerous for all parties involved, along with other vehicles on the roadway and innocent bystanders.
Drag racing is either a random or carefully planned event in which cars line up side by side at a stop light or intersection, and race to a set location. The objective of these races is simply to determine who has the fastest vehicle and who the best driver is.
In many cases, these events are similar to that which can be seen in popular motion pictures; however they can involve many different skill levels of drivers from professional drivers, to teen drivers, which lack the experience needed to maintain control of their vehicles.
Consequences of Street Drag Racing
In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed the definition of how they would track if the crash involved drag racing. If one individual was charged with racing, the crash would be considered to have drag racing involved, thus, with this broader definition, between the time frame of 2001 to 2008, there were 1,047 total racing deaths, rather than the amount listed in the opening paragraph.
The following include consequences for street drag racing:
- Auto insurance cancellation
- Auto insurance increase
- Compound vehicle for 30 days
- Reckless driving charges
- Speeding ticket
- Up to three months in jail
Of course, these fines are proving to be unsuccessful to a certain degree as street racers are using GPS systems, police scanners, and radios to identify racing hot spots where no police or law enforcement are present.
Street Drag Racing Injuries
As speeding is known to cause the most severe and life threatening injuries, becoming involved in drag racing events instantly increases an individual’s chance of becoming injured. It also increases the chance of individuals in the surrounding areas of sustaining injuries.
Some street drag racing injuries include:
In any case, if you have sustained injuries due to a street drag racer, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. Additionally, these medical documents may be used by our attorneys to develop a case against the negligent individuals involved.