September 14th, 2012 - by DKRPA
Last month, a serious car accident injured 10 people in Orlando, Florida. Most of the injured people were pedestrians, watching an illegal street race where one of the participants lost control of his or her vehicle and careened into the crowd.
This is just one of many high-profile street racing accidents that have occurred nationally in recent months — and it has prompted some concerns from safety officials.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1,047 fatalities caused by illegal street racing from 2001 to 2008. Then, in 2009, the definition of a racing accident changed, which now makes it more difficult to classify and study the dangerous activity.
Given the wave of accidents that has occurred recently, there are serious concerns about the safety of pedestrians when it comes to these street racing accidents. Many people may think these races occur far from the city, in remote locations. But that simply isn’t true — the more dangerous, and equally likely, form of racing happens on city streets when two adrenaline-seeking people pull up to a red light and mutually agree it’s time to Main Street into a NASCAR course.
This type of racing can result in out-of-control drivers burning through crowded areas, where the last thing a pedestrian is expecting is an 80-MPH car barreling down on them. The injuries suffered by pedestrians in these accidents are almost always severe, and it can take months to fully recover — months of missed work, combined with strenuous rehabilitation efforts that cost thousands of dollars.
Source: USA Today, “Illegal drag racing still deadly practice,” Larry Copeland, Sept. 13, 2012
- Pedestrians are especially vulnerable when a car accident occurs. To learn more, please visit our Florida car accident page.