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Did street racing cause a recent car accident in California?

Virtually every California driver is aware that street racing can lead to an accident. At high speeds, it can be more difficult to control a vehicle in an emergency even when the driver is concentrating on the road and paying attention to everything around him or her. If drivers are racing, their attention is more on the outcome of the race than potential obstacles and controlling the vehicle. This combination of speed and inattention can easily lead to a car accident.

Police believe this may have been the case in a recent accident that ultimately involved three vehicles: two cars and a motorcycle. Not many details regarding the crash itself are available at this time. However, it was reported that the two cars collided head-on, and the motorcycle somehow ended up underneath what remained of the two vehicles.

Emergency personnel used the Jaws of Life to free the trapped occupants of the two vehicles. Once all four of the people involved in this accident were freed and stabilized for transport, helicopters transported all of them to a hospital near Oceanside where the accident occurred. At last report, all four were considered to be in serious condition.

Once police are able to sort out the details of this car accident and determine which party or parties were at fault, charges may be filed. Under California law, the injured parties may file personal injury claims against the party or parties deemed responsible for the crash. The cost of medical care can be high, and it does not help that the victims are unable to work while hospitalized and possibly during any recovery once released. Any financial award received as the result of a successfully litigated claim could help defray those monetary losses.

Source: 760kfmb.com, "Possible street racing crash seriously injures 4", Richard Allyn, May 22, 2014

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