Dallas police are asking parents of teenagers to discuss the dangers of street racing, after two tragic wrecks occurred in the past two months involving teenagers racing. According to police, the racing is not occurring late at night in empty areas. Instead, racing is occurring on main roads with heavy congestion.
The most recent accident happened on January 1 on Singleton Boulevard in West Dallas. A 16 year old driver was racing and killed a 53 year old father who was making a left turn in his pickup. The other accident occurred in November, after two teenagers in BMWs were racing at speeds over 100 miles per hour. One of the drivers lost control and caused a crash that killed another 16 year old. In both of the accidents, minors are facing charges.
Unfortunately, speeding is a big problem that often gets overlooked. According to studies, speed is a factor in almost one-third of fatal crashes. Another study found that when many states raised their speed limits on interstates in 1996, motor vehicle fatalities went up significantly in those states. Speeding not only reduces the amount of time available to avoid a crash, but it also increases the severity of a crash once it occurs. For every 10 mile per hour increase in speed, crash forces on impact double, greatly increasing the chances of fatalities. When you factor in inexperienced teen drivers, speeding can be particularly deadly.
Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in an accident in the Dallas area involving speeding? If so, contact the Barber Law Firm. Our attorneys have significant experience in helping accident victims get the help they need. Call us today at 972-231-5800.