Illegal urban street racing has been roaring through the U.S. for decades, and it has been glamorized thanks to Hollywood and movies like Fast and the Furious. The reality of street racing is not as glamorous. Street racing involves driving powerful motor vehicles through public roadways at high speeds. It presents severe risks to both drivers and nondrivers. These crashes can be deadly and debilitating. Traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and violent death can result. During the Covid- 19 pandemic, emptied roads have proved irresistible to reckless drivers. Racing up and down the streets is deadly, especially when more kids, seniors, pedestrians, and cyclists are outside.
Vehicles racing at high speeds will have excessive force during a collision impact. It is almost impossible for them to maintain control of a vehicle when driving, especially at night. They also have an increased chance of rolling over, as well as skidding off the road, and more. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the United States has seen more than 30,000 fatal car crashes per year over the past two decades. Street racing accidents appear at the top of the list most years.
Claiming a Personal Injury from an Illegal Street Racing Accident
- Collect Evidence: Security camera footage from the location
- File a Police Report: Identify and convict the responsible parties
- Talk to Witnesses: Testimonials and eyewitnesses will help the case
- Negligence?: Who assumed the risk?
Street racing is almost always illegal and punishable with fines, jail time, and license revocation. Any injury may result in criminal charges as well as a civil injury case.
We are Here to Help
If you or someone you know were injured in a car accident that involves illegal urban street racing, you should consult with a lawyer to help protect your legal rights. Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. At Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye, PLLC, we offer more than 60 years of combined experience and have convenient office locations in Long Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and we know how to approach these cases to get the results you need. Contact our New York offices by phone at 800-469-7429 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us using our online contact form and on our Live Chat application on our website to have your questions answered at any time.