Street Drag Racing Accident Lawyers
Street racing is an unsanctioned and illegal form of motor racing that takes place on public roads.
It is a very serious offense with consequences that could harm fellow motorists, spectators, and other drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Tulsa street racing accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Street Racing Laws
In Oklahoma, street racing is not necessarily considered an illegal act although police enforcement have worked tirelessly to stop the practice. If a driver, or several drivers, are caught racing they will be charged with reckless driving. In Oklahoma reckless driving is punishable with jail time of no less than three days, a fine between $100 and $500 and license suspension. Upon a second conviction a driver may face up to 6 months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and license suspension.
In Texas, street racing is considered class B misdemeanor. Drivers will be fined $2,000 and face up to 180 days in jail. Additionally a driver may have their license suspended for up to one year and cannot have their license reinstated unless they complete 10 hours of community service. Repeat offenders can face fines of up to $10,000 and anywhere between 2 to 20 years in prison.
Passengers and street racing spectators can also face fines, jail time, and vehicle impoundment under Texas law.
Racing on a highway in Arkansas is considered a class A misdemeanor and drivers who are caught can face up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine and have their license suspended or even revoked.
All drivers will also likely face an increased car insurance rate and if involved in a fatal accident could be charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Street Drag Racing Accident Statistics
The history of street drag racing dates back to the 1950s when one of the very first drag race strips opened in California and shortly thereafter a popular movie popularized street racing.
The street racing culture is worldwide and has become popularized in the United States through movies, video games, and the mainstay of the subculture since the 1950s.
Each state has their own laws related to street racing; some states have completely outlawed the practice while others refer to the act as excessively speeding or reckless driving. In Texas the Department of Transportation reports that more than 930 car accidents were related to speeding and an additional 20,600 were caused by a driver unable to control their speed. In Oklahoma the Department of Public Safety notes that there were more than 5,200 speed-related crashes in cities with a population of more than 5,000.
Street drag racing can be classified into three different types, a spontaneous, planned, and hat race. Spontaneous races occur when two drivers pull up beside each other at a stop sign or light and decide to race while a planned race is one that is planned in advance and a road is blocked off, it is typically an event with spectators and more than one planned race. A Hat race is one in which money or pink slips of a vehicle, these races could be on small roads or travel long distances such as from one city to another.
Street Racing Accident Injuries
Speeding in general is dangerous, when a drivers vehicle exceeds 100 miles per hour though the consequences can be very serious. Colliding with a vehicle that is excessively speeding increases the chance of a vehicle rolling over, smashing into poles and trees, and becoming crushed.
Some common street racing accident injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Cuts & Lacerations
- Brain Damage
- Loss of Limb
- Internal Organ Damage
As many street races occur late in the evening, it is often up to spectators and drivers to call for authorities, some may try to flee the scene to avoid being held accountable for their actions which could result in delayed medical treatment.
Contact our Tulsa Street Racing Accident Attorneys Today
Street racing is a dangerous and illegal activity which means that anyone who engages in such an act and injures others in the process should be held accountable for their actions. At The Edwards Law Firm we understand how frightening being involved in a high speed accident can be, particularly one where you were not at fault.
We are dedicated to helping accident injury victims fight for their right to the compensation they deserve and our attorneys can provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific case
Contact us today at 1-800-304-9246 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation evaluation of your situation with one of our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys. Our steadfast intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your claim after a few preliminary questions.