Illegal street racing has become a common practice in the streets of Southern California; unfortunately, too many of said races result in accidents causing property damage, bodily injuries and even wrongful death. The city of Woodland Hills, which is in the north of part of Los Angeles, was witness to a multiple-vehicle accident yesterday November 1, 2016, in what appears to have been the result of an illegal street race. Fortunately, no deaths resulted from said accident; however, several people sustained injuries and had to be transported to a nearby hospital. One of the vehicles involved, a 2015 McLaren 650S Spider worth over $300,000, which can reach speeds of over 200 mph, was totaled. It is incredible that no fatalities resulted from this wreck in light of witnesses account of 70 to 80 mph crash in a 25 mph school zone. The same cannot be said for the street racing in Woodland Hills on June 27, 2016 which resulted in multiple fatalities.
An illegal form of auto racing street racing on public roads commonly results in wrongful death of not only the drivers but often innocent bystanders. Just today, November 2, 2016, a street racing crash involving a twenty-three-year-old and 17-year old teenager resulted in the death of a three-year old girl in Philadelphia.
History tells the story of how three American companies began to produce muscle cars, high performance cars, to boost sales to youths, and due to lack legal racing tacks, public streets became the de facto venue for racing, hence the term "street-racing". It is believed that modern street racing is rooted in Woodward Avenue, Michigan, in the 1960s.
Victims of street racing wrongful death should promptly contact a competent experienced wrongful death attorney due to the complexity of the legal issues associated with street racing wrongful deaths, i.e. insurance companies refuse to pay damages for wrongful deaths caused by street-racing crashes arguing such deaths are the consequences of intentional reckless disregard for human life for which their insureds are not covered under their insurance policies. In other words insurance companies only pay damages for wrongful deaths caused by the negligence of their insureds and not by their intentional recklessness. Therefore, it is imperative to contact a seasoned wrongful death attorney to adequately investigate the facts surrounding a street-racing crash.