Posted on September 11th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
A St. Louis area teen is dead after crashing his car into a tree. The crash occurred at approximately 2:20 pm last Thursday according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Witnesses at the scene described the car travelling at a high rate of speed in what may have been drag racing down Riverview Blvd. Four other teens were injured in the vehicle, and had to be cut from the wreckage. Three are currently in critical condition.
Street racing is nothing new, having been around almost as long as the car itself. Films like Rebel Without a Cause up through The Fast and the Furious franchise have glamorized the act and made it seem like part of our youth culture. But this act can have deadly consequences. It is difficult to know exactly how many people are killed while street racing each year, as there are not official statistics kept on the activity. In 2006, however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated 150 people died while street racing, according to Fox News. Most of these fatalities are of people 20 years or younger.
These numbers are almost certainly underreported, however. Due to differences in labeling from police departments and due to the clandestine or impromptu nature of a street race, it can be difficult to know the exact number of races in a given year. These races can be set up in advance with spectators at the scene, or they can start as two teens approach a stop light, rev their engines, and go when the light turns green. Should someone die in such an accident, it is very rare that spectators or the other vehicles stick around to talk to the police.
Because it can be difficult to precisely paxil 20mg label, street racing crashes often get lumped in with “speed related crashes.” Per The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, these speed related crashes accounted for 37% of vehicle fatalities involving 15-20 year olds in 2008. Speed is the second leading cause of car accidents for teens, coming in only behind impairment from alcohol and other drugs. This is because teen drivers simply lack the experience behind the wheel and are not as fast to react should they lose control of the vehicle. Therefore, it is imperative to educate new drivers about the dangers of not only street racing but speeding in general. While some parents may look the other way or write it off as “kids being kids,” these races can have dire consequences.
The Missouri car accident attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm have seen too many accidents involving teens and young adults. It is heartbreaking to see a young person killed in an accident or see their lives permanently altered by being paralyzed, suffering a traumatic brain injury, or any number of catastrophic injuries that can result from a car accident. Therefore we encourage all parents and educators to be diligent about informing teenagers about the dangers of reckless driving. While street racing and other dangerous activities will never be fully eliminated, we can certainly work together to help bring their numbers down. If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless driver in Missouri, Illinois, or Kentucky, the car accident attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm are here to help. Their experience and diligence can help pick up the pieces after a serious injury. Call Zane T. Cagle at 1.800.685.3302 today for a free consultation.