How Dangerous is Street Racing?

By Peter DePaolis

According to the Washington Post, a man has been charged in connection to a fatal D.C. car accident that investigators say may have been caused by street racing.

The newspaper reported that the crash, which occurred in July 19, on 16th Street in Northwest Washington, happened when a vehicle reached speeds of up to 100 mph and jumped a median, landing on top of a car that was traveling in another direction.

The driver of the car that spun out of control, a 28-year-old man, has been charged with second-degree murder. The victim in the other car, who died from a brain injury following the crash, was on his way home from a gathering in Silver Spring and appeared to be an innocent victim.

A passenger in the car of the man who was charged said that a third driver waved at him and the two vehicles began racing prior to the accident. The witness said that speeds in the race reached between 90 and 100 mph.

The man who allegedly caused the accident may also have been drinking and his blood was submitted for a toxicology screening, according to the Post.

Street Racing Can Be Deadly

This story shows how dangerous street racing can be, so avoid this hazardous act. You can injure or kill not only yourself, but also other drivers and passengers on the road.

In the most recent statistics available, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 153 people were killed in 122 crashes while street racing between 2001 and 2010. However, some safety experts think these numbers are much lower than the actual number of crashes caused, as it is often hard for investigators to determine if crashes occurred because of racing.

Remember, if you participate in illegal street racing, you can face severe criminal and civil penalties. The family of anyone you injure or kill could hold you liable. Our Washington D.C. injury attorneys hold reckless drivers liable for wrecks they cause.

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Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Washington, D.C. Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.