Street Racing is illegal motor racing which takes place on public roads. It can be spontaneous or well-planned in advance and often have people communicating with each other and using police scanners and GPS units to locate police. Street racing often causes serious injuries and wrongful death to drivers, passengers, other motorists and innocent pedestrians.
A recent street racing accident in Philadelphia claimed the life of a passenger. A Philadelphia teen driver was operating his vehicle while racing another driver in July. The teen was using excessive speed when he struck a guide rail, flipped his vehicle and struck a concrete pillar at a high velocity. The car erupted in flames and the driver and his front passenger where ejected from the vehicle.
Another passenger in the back of the vehicle was trapped and declared dead at the scene of this racing accident. An autopsy confirmed that she was killed from severe blunt force trauma to the head and body as a result of the high-speed impact. According to the investigators the car was traveling around 80 miles per hour right before the crash.
The teen driver is liable for the wrongful death. He is currently set to face trial under charges of criminal homicide, homicide by vehicle, two counts each of aggravated assault by vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, illegal racing and other misdemeanors. In addition to criminal charges, driver may be liable for civil damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. If you have questions about an injury you incurred in a street racing accident, call Pennsylvania street racing accident lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm for more information.