Street Racing In California, Do Victims Have Rights?In March, 23-year-old Ashley Krieger of Santa Clara died when her Honda was hit by a Mercedes Benz CL-63. The 19-year-old driver was street racing.
In May, a 17-year-old Stockton girl and her 15-year-old passenger died after crashing into a concrete wall. The teens were travelling at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. Police suspect street racing.
On July 30, two young marines were killed in Twentynine Palms when the Nissan 350Z they were racing crashed into a chain link fence and burst into flames.
Every year, hundreds of young people die in accidents caused by unsanctioned street racing. Unsanctioned street racing refers to an illegal motor-vehicle race that takes place on public streets or highways. Street races often occur spontaneously.
In general, street racers are young men between the ages of 15 and 24. They are often under the influence of alcohol. When inexperience, high speeds, and alcohol impairment are combined, accidents are sure to happen.
Car accidents resulting from street racing cause property damage, injuries and wrongful death. When a crash occurs, the force of the impact can lead to serious injuries and fatalities. In California, street racing is illegal. A first conviction is punishable with:
- Minimum county jail sentence of 24 hours and a maximum of 90 days.
- Vehicle may be impounded for at least 30 days.
- The owner must pay the vehicle's towing and storage charges while it is impounded ($1,000 or more).
- If owner the owner does or pay, the vehicle may be sold at a lien sale.
- Anyone who aids or abets a street race may face up to a maximum 90-day jail sentence.
If someone is injured or killed, the driver can be charged with reckless driving or manslaughter. The driver may also be held liable for any property damage, injury and wrongful death caused by the accident.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one to a California street racing accident, you have the right to demand accountability. The reckless driver may be liable for your medical expenses, injury rehabilitation, loss of income, property damage, and pain and suffering. If your loved one has died, the drivers may be held liable for payment of medical and burial expenses, loss of future earnings and benefits, loss of companionship and punitive damages. Our Southern California accident attorneys can help.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a California street racing accident, contact the Southern California accident attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie to discuss your California accident claim. The initial consultation is always free.