Though a worldwide phenomenon popularized in films and video games, street racing is an unsanctioned “sport” that endangers racers, spectators, and uninvolved motorists and pedestrians, as well. The individuals who engage in this reckless behavior race on public streets at speeds far in excess of the posted limits and typically fail to observe a variety of different traffic laws, including a disregard for traffic signs and lights. Dangerous accidents are likely to occur as a direct result street racing, and victims of these crashes may sustain severe physical injuries and property loss.
The fact that these races are often run by inexperienced drivers is a cause of great concern. During illegal street races, vehicles are often pushed beyond reasonable limits. Even professional drivers would struggle to handle these vehicles under such extreme circumstances. In the event that you or someone you love is injured because a street racer loses control of his or her vehicle, contact the Green Bay car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874.
Dangers Created by Street Racing
City streets can be dangerous with just the flow of regular traffic, so the introduction of additional hazards is wholly unnecessary and inexcusable. The threat posed by excessive speed is well-documented and widely known, but the following are some specific dangers created by street racing:
- Racers are unable to react quickly enough to motor vehicles, pedestrians, or other objects that come into their path
- Contact with a curb can cause a racer’s vehicle to spin, flip, or change direction suddenly and severely
- Racers will be unable to navigate turns, causing them to skid off the roadway in the direction of their momentum
High speeds and public roads do not mix. These races put pedestrians and other motorists in jeopardy and the reckless individuals who engage in this practice should be held accountable for the harm that they cause.