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Street Race Car Accidents Resulting In Death: All You Need To Know

By Karnas Law Firm |

Street racing is the act of racing a vehicle on any road, typically an area where there are no speed limits. It is hazardous and can cause injury or death to those involved and property damage. Street races take place for many reasons, including money or proving who has the fastest car.

Street racing accidents are becoming more common every day. If your loved one dies in a car accident involving street racing, you should consult with a Tucson Accident Attorney so you can seek compensation.

What Are the New York Laws for Street Racing?

New York statutes prohibit street racing, operating a motor vehicle in a manner that is likely to endanger other drivers or individuals, and participating as a spectator in an illegal street race. Operating a motor vehicle in any one of these manners will be prosecuted as reckless driving under New York Vehicle & Traffic Law §1212. Reckless driving is considered a misdemeanor. The term “reckless” demands more than ordinary care, skill, or caution.

It is illegal to engage in an exhibition of speed where other drivers are endangered. Whether there are other motorists on the road or not, street racing will be prosecuted under this law. This law also applies to the spectators who watch the street races. Police officers are allowed to seize any cars used to participate in the race while it is happening or immediately after if there is a reason to believe that you will use them again for an exhibition of speed. The officer can also detain the individual who uses the car until they explain how the vehicle was involved in the exhibition of speed.

What is the Average Compensation For Such an Accident?

Unfortunately, it is much too familiar for innocent bystanders to be killed or seriously injured in these accidents. Thousands of individuals are involved in street racing accidents every year, and many have been attending them as spectators. In several instances, the drivers do not survive the crash either.

No matter how it occurs, when death or severe injury has occurred because of street racing, it is possible to seek compensation for medical expenses and funeral costs. This may be several hundred thousand dollars in some situations. The money would cover the cost of the funeral arrangements and any lost wages that will continue due to not working. The compensation package can cover several other expenses, which include pain and suffering for the loss of a loved one or physical damage incurred.

On average, most accidents involving street racing result in between $3 and $5 million paid by the insurance companies. This is usually divided up between all parties involved, and it will include the compensation for personal injury cases and property damage.

In summary, it is possible to seek compensation if your loved one dies or is seriously injured in a street racing accident. You do not have to go through the loss alone. Many resources are available that will offer you legal advice on handling your claim and pursuing damages for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence.

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