The Dangers of Street Racing in Vegas

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on May 20, 2015 in Car Accident News

Street racing is an extremely dangerous pastime that unfortunately sees all too much popularity. Glamorized by films such as the Fast and Furious series, this hobby has a large subculture devoted to it. The dangers of street racing come second to the thrill and excitement of the culture. But those involved would think twice if they stopped to consider the risks, not only to themselves, but to others around them. If you are thinking of getting involved in street racing, consider the following before you dive in.

Street Racing by the Numbers

There are over 130 incidents of street racing crashes every year, on average, and the number of deaths from street racing have increased annually, up from just over 70 per year in 2000. Hundreds of citations for street racing are delivered annually, and it is a leading cause of death for the 16-20 age demographic. For every 1,000 people involved in the culture, around 50 die or are injured in an accident.

Consequences of Street Racing

Even if you are not hurt or killed in an accident, there are other major consequences to street racing. If you are caught racing cars illegally, you could face any of the following penalties: • Arrest and impounding of your vehicle for up to 30 days • Fines and court costs in excess of $1,000 • Revocation of your driver's license -- you won't be able to drive anywhere at any speed! • You may be deemed high risk by insurance companies, meaning you could see sky-high rates or the loss of your policy entirely as well as having great difficulty getting a new one. Even being just a spectator to a street race could see you facing similar consequences.

It's Not About You

It isn't just about you, either. If you have an accident in a street race and you are the only one hurt, you are lucky. You could accidentally hurt or kill innocent bystanders who had no part in your hobby or culture. The Las Vegas Strip and surrounding streets are traveled by other vehicles and pedestrians at all hours of the day and night. In such a busy area, there are no safe streets on which to stage races.

Victims of Street Racing Accidents

If you have been injured by a street racer, you do not have to sit by and take it. You have options. A qualified personal injury and Las Vegas auto accident attorney can help. You may be pressured into not speaking to an attorney, but never let yourself be afraid to stand up for your rights. Call an attorney immediately and make sure you get the compensation and protection you deserve. Street racing is not only dangerous, it is illegal and carries severe consequences. If you are considering getting into the culture, you are far better off thinking twice before doing so. You place your life, and the lives of those around you, in a fragile state every time you get behind the wheel.