Two young drivers were caught up in a dangerous street race when it all came to an end after one of the drivers nearly wrapped herself around a tree.
Reports say that both vehicles were racing at speeds reaching nearly 80 mph on the residential streets of Chula Vista near the Terra Nova Plaza Shopping Center.
One of the drivers, an adult female, crashed into a tree after she lost complete control over her vehicle. Her vehicle was completely entangled with the pillar it struck. The other driver, a male, 23, was identified by police as the other participant in the street race. He was not injured. The female in this case, however, broke both legs and was air lifted to an unnamed hospital for medical treatment. Reports indicate she was admitted to the hospital in critical condition.
Tragically, it appears that alcohol may have been a factor in this case according to reports.
RECKLESS DRIVING IN SAN DIEGO
The unfortunate truth is that reckless driving accidents such as these happen in San Diego on a near-daily basis. When people make bad choices, it affects not only themselves but the people around them. In cases like these, it’s trite to offer advice to people who make intentionally poor decisions to street race. It goes without saying that street racing is completely irresponsibly not to mention illegal!
For the responsible drivers out there, stories like these become somewhat alarming in the name of safety. After all, what’s not to say these drivers could crash into you?
If you see reckless driving happening, or if you suspect that someone is driving under the influence, take the following steps as soon as possible.
- Try to identify the vehicle in a safe manner. If traveling with a passenger, ask them to quickly jot down the vehicle make, model and color. If possible, a license plate number could prove helpful to the California Highway Patrol or sheriff’s office.
- Get out of the vehicle’s way. Don’t try to drive alongside the vehicle or communicate with the driver. The best possible scenario in this case is to pull over or otherwise get out of the driver’s way. You may even want to use your hazard lights to warn drivers about oncoming trouble.
- Pull over and call 9-11 or your local sheriff’s office. Give as much information as possible such as the vehicle identifiers as noted in #1 and your location. Try to identify major cross-streets if you’re not sure where you are at. When pulled over, try pulling up your location on Google Maps or another map service of your choice.
When Reckless Driving Results in Someone’s Else’s Injury
Tragically, cases like these often result in severe personal injury or even wrongful death. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident and you suspect the other person was driving recklessly, you may be entitled to financial recourse by filing a legal claim.
It is important to speak to a car accident attorney in San Diego as soon as possible to ensure all of your legal rights are preserved. Do not sign or accept anything from the insurance agency until you speak to us. You call and you consultation are completely FREE. There is no charge whatsoever to get FREE legal advice from the car accident experts of San Diego. Call us today 24/7 at 1-858-551-2090 or click here to submit the details of your case online.