It is not a surprise to most people to learn that street racing is against the law and can lead to criminal charges. What is sometimes more surprising is the fact that an individual who elects to engage in street racing could be facing civil penalties as well. If you have been injured in a car accident in which the at-fault party was street racing, then you need an attorney who experience with this particular type of personal injury claim. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation.
Consider one 3-year-old case to understand the implications
A case going back to 2015 demonstrates how both criminal and civil penalties can be levied it. In it, a 19-year-old man named Carlos Hernandez was street racing with his friends when he got into an accident. Two people died in the accident.
It all started when Hernandez and another driver, Elexis Garcia, were racing down Pacific Coast Highway. Hernandez was in a pickup truck. He swerved in front of Garcia’s car and cut her off. she lost control and swerved into oncoming traffic. Both Garcia and her younger brother died in the accident another two passengers were seriously injured. Hernandez spent a year in county jail and is on probation for five years for his part in the accident.
It doesn’t begin and end with the criminal charges
Hernandez was charged with reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter and pled no contest to both. However, the jail time and probation discussed above were only a few of the consequences of his actions. The judge also required him to take part in activities that have the goal of preventing recklessly driving. For example, Hernandez was required to visit a morgue.
Civil charges are serious charges
There are many reasons that more people should pursue civil charges when injured in a street racing accident. One reason is that street racing is becoming more popular, in part due to popular films and video games. Another reason is the fact that street racers are able to easily let people know where they are racing, thanks to social media. When the audience increases, it stands to reason that the racing would increase too.
In addition to the criminal consequences above, an at-fault party can lose their license, have their car impounded, pay large fines, and pay very high insurance rates. Insurance policies do not cover a car accident that was the result of racing. This means that a car-racers’ personal wealth is at stake when in an accident.
The victims in these accidents need only contact a personal injury attorney to learn how they can file their cases. You can reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been injured in this or another type of car accident.