According to Georgia State Police, earlier this month, a nineteen year old father and his seven month old son were killed during an early morning street racing accident which occurred on a highway just outside of Atlanta. According to authorities, the baby’s twenty two year old mother was behind the wheel of her 1994 Honda Accord. She lost control of the vehicle, hit a guardrail, and was struck by a pickup truck.
The father and son were killed immediately. The mother sustained multiple fractures, damage to her right arm, and facial injuries. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck sustained only minor injuries. The fatal accident also caused a nearby accident when a driver who tried to slow down due to the accident was rear ended by another vehicle.
Mother says she was not racing at the time of the accident.
The mother spoke to reporters from her ICU room. She insisted that racing was not a factor and that she was not driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. She stated that the baby’s father was driving the car down the Interstate, following several friends who were in another vehicle. She reported that another vehicle got too close to their car, causing a collision. The driver stated that after the accident, the father got out of the car to check on the infant and was hit by a passing car.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of 16-20 year old deaths.
Moreover, NHTSA reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 16 and 20. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that in the United States, nearly 6,000 teens lose their lives as a result of injuries sustained during a motor vehicle accident.
Street car racing fatalities are on the rise.
Teenage males are the most common demographic for street car racing. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2000 and 2001, the number of incidents where street car racing was a factor in a fatal car accident rose from 72 to 135. Statistics show that for every 1,000 individuals who participate in illegal street racing, 49 are injured.
Georgia legalized street car racing in 2010, however, restrictions apply.
In 2010, the Georgia Senate legalized street racing. However, street car races must be approved by the county or municipality and be advertised for 30 days in advance of the race. In addition, the law requires that the roadway be closed to other traffic during the race. Finally, emergency medical personnel must be on hand during the race. Supporters of the law hoped that it would serve as a draw for tourism.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to an auto accident that involved a racing vehicle, you should contact an attorney immediately. An attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and provide the advice, guidance, and representation you need in order to receive the compensation you deserve.