Police say a car accident in San Bernardino the afternoon of April 23, 2010, which left three people injured, was caused by street racing. The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that the crash occurred at the intersection of Redlands Boulevard and State Street. Police say a Saturn and a Mercedes-Benz were involved in a street race when the driver of the Saturn lost control and struck an SUV. A 66-year-old woman in the SUV was hospitalized with serious injuries. The driver of the Mercedes left the scene, but was apprehended shortly afterward. Four different cameras in the downtown area recorded the street racing and the collision, officials said.
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I hope the woman in the SUV, who was an innocent bystander in this case, did not sustain catastrophic injuries. I pray for her quick and full recovery.
Street-Racing Statistics and Law
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were reports of 135 fatal car accidents that involved street racing in 2001, a number that had almost doubled since 2000. The California Office of Traffic Safety reports that there were more than 800 citations issued for street racing in 2001. I would not be surprised if that number has significantly increased as of 2010. Nationwide, statistics also show that 49 people are injured for every 1,000 people who participate in illegal street racing.
Street-racing is illegal under California Vehicle Code section 23109 (a). In this case, the driver of the Mercedes fled the scene. Leaving the scene of a crash or hit-and-run is a serious crime. According to California Vehicle Code section 20001(a): “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
Claim for compensation
In such cases victims could seek monetary compensation to cover medical costs, hospitalization expenses, loss of wages, property damage and other related damages. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to better explain about the legal rights and options available to victims.
What can cities and counties do better to eradicate street-racing?
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