Street drag racing accidents occur far too often throughout United States and in Alabama in particular. Street racing first began in the early 1930’s, reportedly due to the alcohol prohibition in the United States. As of today, street racing is the illegal and unsanctioned motor racing taking place on the public roads all across the nation. Street drag racing accidents are often incredibly severe and catastrophic, as these collisions typically involve high speeds and reckless driving.
Street racing in the U.S. is both spontaneous and thoroughly planned. In the event of a spontaneous street race, two vehicles typically pull up next to each other at a stop light. Following some form of communication exchange, these two vehicles proceed to speed off when the light turns green to begin their illegal race against their opponent. When this race takes place on the roadways of Alabama, the likelihood of street drag racing accidents increases dramatically.
In addition to spontaneous races, street racing also comes in the form of a highly organized event, often with spectators and a number of different races in one outing. Law enforcement continues to strive to seek out these street racing “hot spots” in order to stop the illegal action from taking place. When the racing events are planned out beforehand, they often involve more experienced drag racers compared with spontaneous races which often involve teen drivers and other inexperienced racers.
Citrin Law Firm established the Citrin Safety Foundation to address problems such as street drag racing accidents. Teen drivers and other reckless individuals seldom think about the consequences of their actions when they choose to drag race. At Citrin Law Firm, we take it upon ourselves to educate Alabama residents in the hopes to reduce the number of motor vehicle collisions, and thus, the number of associated injuries and fatalities. If you or a loved one has been injured during any street drag races, our Mobile personal injury lawyers are here to help.
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Street Drag Racing
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that approximately 49 people are injured in street drag racing accidents for every 1,000 individuals who participate in this illegal action. Alabama is amongst the states who currently maintain legislation to punish those who choose to participate in street racing. These people are not only placing themselves in danger, but they are also putting every other Alabama motorist at risk.
As the popularity of street drag racing continues to surge, law enforcement has been forced to recognize how truly dangerous this activity is for all motorists on the nation’s roadways. Those who participate in illegal street racing often utilize GPS systems and police scanners and radios to identify racing hot spots and encourage fellow racers to join. Sadly, even organized races have been the cause of thousands of injuries and fatalities. The following are some of the potential consequences for those who are caught street racing by law enforcement:
- Vehicle compounded for up to 30 days
- License suspension
- License revocation
- Up to 3 months of prison time
- Fines, even those simply spectating are also subject to fines
- Car insurance cancellation
- Car insurance rate increases
- Traffic tickets
There are certainly a number of critical consequences involved in choosing to street drag race illegally. The United States is one of the leading countries in street drag racing accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured while driving near a street race, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Citrin Law Firm is prepared to fight for your rights to compensation.
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Street Drag Racing Accident Injuries
Street drag racing accidents often involve drivers who are reckless. The sheer concept of drag racing involves an extreme level of disregard for the rules of the road, and thus, a serious disregard for others’ safety, a key indicator of reckless driving. Those motorists who involve themselves in these races are placing everyone in close proximity at risk, including their own vehicle and body. Unfortunately, however, the rate of street races continues to increase as more and more drivers are becoming enamored with the concept of illegally racing on Alabama’s roadways
The following are some of the most common auto injuries linked to street drag racing injuries:
- Broken Bones
- Brain Injury
- Head and Neck Injury
- Burns and Lacerations
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Wrongful Death
When a motor vehicle collision occurs during a race, those involved must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Many of the above injuries are able to be treated if caught quickly. Sadly, many street racers are hesitant to seek a physician because of the illegal action taking place. However, anyone involved in a traffic crash must immediately visit a medical facility to prevent further damages.
Contact an Experienced Mobile Accident Lawyer Today
Citrin Law Firm has been an advocate for safe driving, especially for teens, since the firm opened. Our 25 years of personal injury litigation experience has given us a firsthand view into how dangerous the roadways of Alabama can be and we strive to play a role in reducing the state’s accident rate. Our Mobile auto accident attorneys will work tirelessly to build a case that represents you and your loved ones in the best light possible. In doing so, we are able to achieve the maximum compensation possible for our clients.
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