One woman is dead and two men have been charged with negligent homicide in Andrews, Texas this week. What happened? Texas police believe that street racing was possibly the cause of the accident. According to witnesses, the two men were driving their cars side-by-side at high rates of speed on Main Street when 48-year-old Irma Macias unknowingly turned left in front of the racing cars. Macias was killed and the two men were arrested.
Illegal street racing and illegal drag racing have been romanticized and glamorized by the media and by unrealistic Hollywood films like The Fast and the Furious. However, street racing is unlawful and extremely dangerous – both for those who participate in the races and for those who are innocently using the streets where the races take place.
Street racing is far more dangerous other types of unlawful road activities and often leads to serious injuries and fatalities. Why? Police have found that many street racing accidents occur at over 100 miles per hour and street races often involve cars driving on the wrong side of a two-way road or using a shoulder to pass. When on car loses control, the other car often becomes involved in the accident. In addition, street racing often involves other illegal activities such as drinking and driving, stolen cars, or even gang activity.
How can you help reduce the number of street racing injuries and fatalities? Be sure to speak with your teens about the dangers of illegal drag racing. And if you see an illegal street race taking place, immediately alert the police.
Have you been injured or has a loved one been killed because of an illegal street race in Texas? Call a Dallas traffic accident attorney now to discuss your case.