The Realities of High Risk Driving Behaviors

It’s hard to miss the recent dramatic media coverage of celebrities involved in drag racing, high speed car accidents, and chases, some of them ending in fatal collisions that made international headlines. The recent tragic accident involving Fast and Furious star Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas occurred just miles away from OPO’s corporate office in Valencia, CA.  Society’s fascination with speed is nothing new. It’s a long-standing tradition in television and movies to glorify high-speed chases, drag-racing and eluding the police, all in the name of “speed.” 

Sport car in motion on icy road

Real-life, however, isn’t full of stunt doubles and high-tech cinematography. The consequences of risky driving behavior are often more than just a speeding ticket. Drag or speed racing, purposefully trying to elude law enforcement, and other reckless driving behaviors can result in harsh fines, penalties and even devastating injuries or death. A car can turn into a dangerous weapon if used recklessly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 153 people were killed in 122 crashes while drag racing between 2001 and 2010. And those statistics are considered below the actual number, as they account only for those who were cited by law enforcement for racing.

In the state of California, reckless driving can result in imprisonment or significant fines or both. And it doesn’t matter where you do it. You can be charged with reckless driving on public roads or in a public or private parking facility. Add alcohol to the mix and it gets worse. Not only do you run the risk of increasing your insurance costs, losing your insurance or losing your license, you also are putting yourself, your passengers and others on the road at serious risk.

No matter how carefully you drive, sometimes getting into an accident is out of your control. If you are involved in an accident that was the result of someone driving recklessly, be sure to give us a call. For more than 30 years, the law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen has been getting results for motorcycle, truck and car accident victims in Southern California. We recently won a $25 million jury verdict for a young pedestrian struck by a hit and run drunk driver.

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