Guide to Compensation for Street Racing Injury Victims in California

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California Street Racing Accident Guide: How to Recover a Cash Settlement for Your Injury

California Street Racing Accident Guide: How to Recover a Cash Settlement for Your Injury

Aug 3, 2023

Street racing has become so commonplace in California that elected officials have passed legislation which increases the penalties for such criminal behavior. Street racing is particularly rampant in Southern California and throughout Los Angeles County.

Guide to Compensation for Street Racing Injury Victims in California

In June 2022, street racers forced police to close the Sixth Street Bridge for three consecutive nights. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) issued a statement noting that “illegal activity” was to blame for the iconic bridge’s closure.

Injuries in street racing and sideshow takeover accidents happen constantly in Los Angeles. In a report from the Los Angeles Daily News in 2022, officials from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the following street racing statistics:

  • Calls increased by about 60% from 2020 to 2021.
  • For all of 2020, the Sheriff’s Department responded to 860 street-racing related calls requesting service.
  • In 2021, the total number of calls related to street racing spiked to 1,380.

If you’ve been hurt in an illegal street racing accident, it may be necessary to pursue financial compensation to cover things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Under California’s comparative fault system for motor vehicle accidents, all drivers involved in a crash are assigned a percentage of responsibility for an incident. Whether it’s a car, bike, or pedestrian that is struck by a street racing vehicle, a percentage – from 0% to 100% – is then applied to all involved parties. The person taking part in the act of speeding will likely be placed at fault under California’s comparative negligence law. That said, because street racing is an illegal activity, defendants are subject to criminal penalties as well potentially being forced to pay civil damages to injured victims.

What is Street Racing?

What is Street Racing?
Street racing might be best known through the Fast & Furious film franchise. The act is typically defined as using a public roadway to engage in auto racing that is both illegal and unsanctioned. Street racers essentially use public roads as their own personal racetracks. These types of races usually involve two cars, but there can be multiple vehicles at both street races and sideshow takeover events. Cars can reach maximum speeds in just seconds which puts spectators and pedestrians in the vicinity at great risk.

Despite being illegal and the penalties increasing, street racing remains immensely popular and often draws countless spectators as well as users on social media platforms. As street racing is a crime, it must be conducted away from the eye of the law. As a result, street racing has actually become a sophisticated and organized sport (for lack of a better term). Large numbers of people or teams are often needed to pull off a successful street race without law enforcement taking notice. These team members can include lookouts, people to monitor police scanners, location selectors, etc.

Common Street Racing Accident Injuries

Street racing vehicles travel at excessive speeds and expose the driver, any passengers, as well as any pedestrians to grave danger and the possibility of suffering serious and even catastrophic injuries. In fact, it’s not uncommon for tragic deaths to occur at street racing events.

In December 2021, street racing was deemed to be the cause of a fatal pedestrian crash that took the life of a USC student. The victim, a 21-year-old man, was crossing Jefferson Boulevard when he was struck by a speeding Dodge Challenger.

When street racing accidents happen, the injuries can vary from relatively minor to significant to fatal:

  • Broken bones
  • Fractured bones
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Concussion (mild TBI)
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Whiplash
  • Nerve damage
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage

These injuries often signify a long and difficult road to recovery which can mean mounting medical bills, time away from work, and intense pain and suffering. But filing a street racing civil lawsuit with Dordulian Law Group can be a means of securing the maximum financial compensation and justice you deserve.

What Types of Compensation Can be Claimed in a Street Racing Accident?

What Types of Compensation Can be Claimed in a Street Racing Accident?
California law makes street racing a crime. Under California Vehicle Code § 23109, street racing is actually defined as a “motor vehicle speed contest.” The law specifically states that:

  • A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway or in an off-street parking facility
  • A motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other timing device.
  • A person shall not aid or abet in any motor vehicle speed contest on a highway or in an off-street parking facility.
  • A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on a highway or in an off-street parking facility
  • A person shall not aid or abet in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on any highway or in an off-street parking facility
  • A person shall not, for the purpose of facilitating or aiding or as an incident to any motor vehicle speed contest or exhibition upon a highway or in an off-street parking facility, in any manner obstruct or place a barricade or obstruction or assist or participate in placing a barricade or obstruction upon a highway or in an off-street parking facility

Due to street racing being a criminal act, the local District Attorney’s Office will likely file charges against the negligent party – typically under reckless driving, endangering human life, speeding, etc.

But it’s important to remember that just because criminal charges may be filed against a street racer, you as an injured victim may also be able to secure a cash settlement by filing a claim in civil court. The experienced street racing injury attorneys at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) are standing by 24/7 to discuss your case. We’re dedicated to fighting aggressively to secure all applicable damages in your claim:

  • Hospital bills
  • Medical care expenses (past and future)
  • Prescription drug costs (past and future)
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced wage earning ability
  • Punitive damages
  • Property damages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma

When you contact DLG for a free street racing accident consultation, we’ll review the facts of your case and provide a detailed explanation of all available legal options.

How to Win Your Street Racing Accident Injury Case

Like the majority of motor vehicle or pedestrian accidents, street racing claims can be brought against:

While winning a street racing case may be more complex and at times difficult than traditional car accidents, a skilled and proven personal injury lawyer from DLG will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure justice.

The main objective in a street racing accident claim is proving negligence. And, as speeding is illegal, this means the right attorney should be able to develop a legal strategy that proves liability.

A good street racing accident legal strategy will aim to:

  • Demonstrate that the driver owed you as an injured victim what’s known as a “duty of care” under the law (in other words, a responsibility to not put you or anyone else in danger)
  • Demonstrate that you’ve been injured
  • Demonstrate that your injuries were due to the street racing accident
  • Demonstrate how the accident happened
  • Demonstrate that the defendant or defendants were responsible for the street racing crash

Street racing cases can be complex, which is why securing the best attorneys available is so important.

Contact California’s Best Street Racing Accident Attorneys for a Free Consultation

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is one of California’s top-rated and most proven firms with more than 25 years of experience helping injured victims secure the justice and maximum financial compensation they deserve.

We fight aggressively on behalf of all clients. In fact, DLG’s street racing and car accident attorneys have maintained a 98% winning record for more than two decades which has resulted in over $100,000,000.00 in settlements and verdicts going to our clients.

When you’re injured in a street racing accident, you deserve the best legal representation available. Some victims, however, worry about attorney fees and are hesitant to file claims. But with DLG, you never have to be stressed about paying anything out-of-pocket. There’s no fee unless we win your case and secure you a maximized cash settlement. In other words: with DLG, your street racing accident injury claim is risk-free.

Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.

And with an experienced litigator like former prosecutor Sam Dordulian leading the DLG team, you’ll have peace of mind throughout every step of the street racing accident claims process.

Contact us today at 866-GO-SEE-SAM for your free and confidential California street racing accident injury consultation.

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