In the movies, illegal street-racing is made to look fun and exciting; possibly the sport of choice for the "hero" of the movie. What usually isn't accurately portrayed in the movie is the danger that street racing poses to racers, those watching the races and innocent bystanders.
Besides conducting these races in the presence of spectators and, occasionally, other vehicles not involved in the race, most drivers are amateur racers driving cars that are modified in home garages. Combined with high-speeds, these conditions only increase the danger of the races.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2008 speed was a factor in over 31 percent of car accident fatalities, with 37 percent of the deaths (1,141) being males between 15- and 24-years-old. Hubpages.com reports that between 2001 and 2006 illegal street-racing resulted in over 800 deaths.
These statistics show that illegal street-racing is much more dangerous and a lot less glamorous than Hollywood depicts it to be.
If a driver is accused of illegal-street racing in California, he or she faces stiff penalties. Often, the driver will face high fines and jail time, and, if someone is fatally injured, the driver could face vehicular manslaughter charges. Additionally, authorities may confiscate and crush the vehicle used in the street race.
The dangers of illegal street-racing extend beyond the drivers and to the community as a whole. If you are injured by an illegal street-racer, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in your area to discuss about your legal options.
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