Holding Reckless Street Racers Accountable - A Guide for Victims in Austin
If you’re not driving Austin’s Circuit of the Americas track, then participating in a race is considered reckless driving and is highly dangerous and illegal in the state of Texas. Reckless driving is never a good idea as drivers, passengers, and witnesses can be horribly injured or killed.
If you have been the victim of a reckless street racing accident, read below to better understand what next steps to take for building your case. Then contact an experienced street racing victim attorney.What To Do If You Have Been Injured In An Austin Street Racing Accident
Whether you were in the car or not, all Austin street racing accident victims are entitled to sue for damages which cover the following costs of recovery:
- Medical Care
- Funeral Bills
- Burial Costs
- Lost Wages
- Potential Lost Earnings
- Damaged Personal Property
- Pain & Suffering
Reckless driving of all kinds has been on the rise, especially in the area surrounding Lake Travis, and even Austin’s Mayor, Kirk Watson is concerned about the danger that street racing and reckless driving poses to the city.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a street racing accident, there are steps you can take right now to move your case forward. The first step is to consult a lawyer who will help you organize your case and identify what’s missing from it. Our team of highly skilled attorneys offer a free initial consultation and are available to assist you in both English AND Spanish at our toll free number 24/7.Building a Strong Case in a Racing Accident Lawsuit
It’s important to note that street racing is always illegal, however when it is charged as “reckless driving” the law is more lenient than if charged as “racing on a highway.”Driving is considered reckless by the state of Texas when there is willful disregard for other drivers, pedestrians, or bystanders and follows one of the following definitions outlined in SB 1495:
- The driver breaks traction of the rear tires on their vehicle
- The driver accelerates past a safe and reasonable limit in a consistent manner
- The driver maneuvers the vehicle in a way that is likely to cause harm
Reckless driving is classified as a Class B misdemeanor, unless any of the following exceptions to increase the classification to a Class A misdemeanor at trial:
- There has been a previous conviction of the same type
- The person was intoxicated at the time the accident occurred
- A bottle, can, or other open container of alcohol was found in the passenger area
- There have been two previous convictions on record
And the accident can be considered as a felony if the following have occurred:
- There are two previous convictions on record
- There is demonstrable proof that the injury in question was due to their negligence
- The injury in question resulted in disfigurement or death
For more information on which Texas legal codes apply to your case, consult one of the top Texas attorneys in your area with an expertise in reckless automobile injuries. Our team is only a phone call away, at 800-862-1260.How a Carabin Shaw Attorney Will Help Your Case
You always have the option of self representation at trial. However, according to the Insurance research council, you have the opportunity to earn up to 3.5 times more in your settlement if you employ a street racing accident attorney in Austin, Texas.
Austin TX personal injury attorneys at Carabin Shaw have over 200 years of combined experience in ensuring that you are fully compensated for your injuries. We offer our services on a contingency-fee basis because we believe in our ability to win every case we take on. Carabin Shaw reviews show just that.
Call today to get back in the driver’s seat after your street racing accident.
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