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While many people love the adrenaline rush of stomping on the gas pedal of a fast car, there is a right and wrong way to race cars. Drivers are increasingly using ordinary roadways for street races or drag races, even though it puts themselves and other motorists at a greater risk for injury or death.
Street racing disproportionately affects younger drivers. Males ages 15 to 23 have the highest level of participation in drag racing. Teenage participation has seen a dramatic rise over the past decade. Well over half of all drag racing fatalities happen to individuals between the ages of 15 and 30.
Racing tracks are the safest place for drivers to race, but for a variety of reasons, drivers are turning away from traditional track racing in favor of burning rubber on the open road. Tracks have regulations, hours of operation, and fees that place certain restrictions on their racers. In addition, many drivers prefer street races to track races because there is an extra adrenaline rush that comes from doing something illegal, but it’s illegal for a reason.
Street racing fatalities have been on the rise for the last few years, causing over 150 deaths each year since 2006. Many of those killed in street racing accidents are other motorists or pedestrians who are slammed into by street racers going well over 100 mph. With the capability to drive hundreds of miles per hour, street racers can cause catastrophic damage in an accident.
For victims of street racing, their lives will never be the same. Because these accidents cause such severe injuries, victims are faced with a massive financial burden. Victims often need surgeries, long-term physical therapy, and/or specialized medical equipment that can cause medical costs to skyrocket. Some victims may even require continuous care through the rest of their lives.
With the second highest fatality rate for street racing accidents, Texas roads can be deadly for motorists and pedestrians. Street racing is irresponsible and illegal. Drag racers that put other people’s lives at risk need to be held responsible for the damage, injuries, or deaths they cause. If a vehicle involved in a drag race accident injured you, contact the experienced Houston street racing accident attorneys at Adame Garza LLP today for a free consultation.