Austin Street Racing Accidents & Injuries
Street racing may seem exciting and fun, but the consequences can be anything but. In early 2023, a street takeover in Austin left an officer injured, several police cars damaged, and multiple people arrested. These events can, and often do, lead to injury or death, property damage, and criminal charges.
Because of the nature of these events and the criminal element at play, it can be difficult to navigate the aftermath. If you’ve been injured as a result of a street race, speak with an attorney to learn your options.Legal Consequences of Street Racing
Street racing can have legal consequences ranging from second-degree felonies to fines. Because street races are illegal, if an accident or injury occurs, the at-fault party’s insurance may refuse to pay, leaving victims of Austin TX street racing accidents with no alternative to filing a lawsuit to recover damages. Even if the liable party is criminally charged, they may still be sued.
Consulting with a lawyer is highly encouraged as the legal intricacies surrounding this type of case can be difficult to navigate. They will assess your claim, determine the value, and build a strong case on your behalf. Because insurance will most likely decline to offer compensation, they will be able to take the next steps of filing a lawsuit.Liability in Street Racing Accidents
Street racing accidents fall under the category of negligence per se. This essentially means that the person involved in racing, because of its illegal nature, is acting negligently and, therefore, liable for damages caused by the act.
Establishing liability is key to building a strong case, and with street racing injury claims it may be obvious who is liable, as they also concurrently committed a crime.Recoverable Damages for Victims of Street Races
Compensation for street racing victims in Texas may vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Commonly awarded damages include:
- Medical bills: this may include any medical treatment received, or future medical treatment that will be needed
- Lost income: lost wages, past or future, due to injuries sustained may be awarded
- Property damage: you may be able to recover losses related to your personal property, such as a damaged vehicle
- Pain and suffering: if your injuries caused extensive suffering, or if you lost a loved one causing emotional distress, you may be entitled to compensation
Exactly what damages you should be seeking is entirely dependent on your specific case. An Austin Street racing accident attorney will be able to assess what damages, and the value thereof, to seek.Choose Carabin Shaw to Fight for You | Free Case Review
The Austin personal injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw are here to help. Our experienced team will help to build your case and will fight aggressively for you to get what you deserve so that you are able to move forward after this horrific experience.
Our team of skilled associates have the experience and expertise necessary to win, and will serve to lessen your burden by taking care of the complex legal issues related to filing and fighting your case. You can see from Carabin Shaw reviews that our clients love working with us because of this, and because we deliver results. Know that we offer our services on a contingency-fee basis. That’s how confident we are that we will win your case.
Get started today with a free initial consultation. Call us toll-free at 800-862-1260. We have both English AND Spanish-speaking staff standing by and ready to assist you 24/7.
For more information:
1609 Shoal Creek Blvd #100
Austin, TX 78701