I blogged yesterday about a horrible street racing accident in Big Cottonwood Canyon last Thursday night that critically injured a father and son. Since looking into that accident, I have discovered that such accidents are just the tip of the iceberg.
Street racing is illegal drag racing on public streets and can be unplanned and spontaneous, or elaborately coordinated.
The biggest problem with street racing, however, is that often there are insufficient or no safety precautions taken like there are at official, sanctioned events. Common consequences include:
- Accidents resulting in injuries and deaths;
- Damage to private and public property including structures, vehicles and roadways; and
- Increased crime rates including carjackings and gang activities
The results of such lack of attention to safety can be dramatic:
And the legal consequences can be serious:
The bottom line is that if you have a need for speed, sign up for a sanctioned event and drive safely.
Bret Hanna of Wrona DuBois in Utah, focuses exclusively on litigating plaintiffs’ medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has represented clients in state and federal courts, in mediations, and in administrative proceedings in Michigan and Utah since 1991.