A motorcyclist was killed in what Los Angeles Police believe may have been a racing accident. According to L.A. NOW, the accident happened around 3:30 a.m. just north of Burbank Boulevard on Woodley Avenue.
In the same accident, another personal was injured and was transported to the hospital. The were last listed in critical condition.
Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers understand that there were more than 800 citations handed out for illegal street racing in the state of California last year. According to the NHRA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that street racing was a factor in close to 140 fatal accidents in a 2001 study.
However, there are cases where an independent investigation into the cause of a crash is warranted; as it's just as well documented that motorcycles are often not given the benefit of the doubt after a collision. And, particularly amid allegations of a police chase, the actions of law enforcement may also be called into question.
Not only are you risking your life when participating in illegal street racing, but you're also facing a number of other consequences if you're busted. These consequences can vary by state. But just to give you an idea of what could happen, review the following:
-You can be arrested and you can have your car impounded for 30 days. Not only is that inconvenient, but it's costly, too!
-If you're found guilty of street racing or abetting a street race, you can be arrested and thrown in jail for up to three months.
-You can be fined $1,000 if busted abetting a street racing or participating in illegal street racing.
-Spectators of illegal street racing face these same consequences.
-You can have your driver's license revoked.
-You can have your car insurance canceled. If you're allowed to keep it after being busted, you better believe that your rates are going to go through the roof.
-Vehicles in and around illegal street races are often issued equipment violations.
Across the United States, there are nearly 50 people who are injured for every 1,000 who participate in illegal street racing.
When it all boils down, illegal street racing accidents often have dire consequences resulting in the participants and innocent bystanders being injured and killed.
Drivers between the ages of 15 and 29 are most commonly involved in these kinds of street games. We're asking parents, friends and family members to discuss the dangers. Awareness is key is working to prevent these unnecessary accidents.
This is especially a serious concern for motorcyclists. These vulnerable motorists are provided with almost no protection in the event of an accident. Between 2001 and 2008, there were close to 35,000 motorcyclists who were killed and and more than 1 million who were treated in a U.S. emergency department (ED) for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injury.
With more people in the United States riding motorcycles today than ever before, motorcyclist deaths and injuries are an important public health concern.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925.
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