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Illegal Street Racing Accidents

Illegal Street Racing Accidents in Long Beach

The Very Real Danger of Street Racing

Carolyn, a car accident client of the firm.

Every year, hundreds of young people die in accidents caused by unsanctioned street racing or drag racing. Unsanctioned street racing refers a vehicle race that takes place on public streets or highways. Street races often occur spontaneously. They often involve vehicles that have been modified to be faster and flashier than other vehicles. Street racing is illegal.

Street racers are often young men between the ages of 15 and 24. They are often under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Street racing is so common in some areas that it is referred to as an epidemic.

Street racers are not the only ones who can be injured or killed in a street race. Victims frequently include passengers, bystanders and innocent motorists.

Street Racing Penalties

In California, a first conviction for street racing is punishable with:

  • Minimum county jail sentence of 24 hours and a maximum of 90 days.
  • The vehicle may be impounded for at least 30 days.
  • The owner must pay the vehicle's towing and storage charges while it is impounded 
    ($1,000 or more).
  • If owner the owner does or pay, the vehicle may be sold at a lien sale. 
    Anyone who aids or abets a street race may face up to a maximum 90-day jail sentence.

The Abaraca family, street racing accident clients of the firm.

When Street Racing Results in Tragedy

If someone is injured or killed as a result of an illegal drag race, the driver can be charged with reckless driving or manslaughter. The driver may also be held liable for any property damage, injury and wrongful death caused by the accident.

To combat illegal street racing, the California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded law enforcement agencies grants to set up training programs for officers to detect and cite illegal vehicle modifications. The training will enable traffic and patrol officers to easily and accurately spot the illegal modifications used to enhance speed, power, and performance.

The California Office of Traffic Safety has made it a priority to educate new drivers that street racing is illegal and can result in serious consequences.

How a Long Beach Car Accident Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident due to an illegal street racing incident, a Long Beach car accident lawyer from McGee, Lerer & Associates can help you obtain compensation. In the wake of an accident, it's important that you have the resources you need to recover. Whether you need medical treatment, a doctor referral, a cash advance, compensation for medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering, we will fight to get you every penny to which you are entitled.

Contact a Long Beach drag racing accident attorney at McGee, Lerer & Associates today if you or someone you love has been injured in an illegal street racing accident. A lawyer at our firm is available 24/7 for a free consultation.


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