The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in Los Angeles. Even if you do not personally know someone who is suffering from COVID-19, you are probably experiencing frustration and boredom yourself due to the stay-at-home orders. Indoor dining has been shut down, along with a lot of other entertainment options people use to rely on to stay sane.
Unfortunately, the lack of entertainment options has led to a rise in the type of entertainment that is both illegal and incredibly dangerous. Street racing.
Street racing is on the rise in Los Angeles. When you think about it from a COVID-19 perspective, it makes sense. So long as you are alone in your own vehicle you are socially distanced from others who may be carrying the disease. Taking a drive in your car gets you out of the house and allows you to enjoy a change of scenery. That being said, street racing is incredibly dangerous for both those participating and those passing by who might get caught in the crossfire.
With so many people staying at home, the streets in Los Angeles are emptier than they have been in decades. Street racing enthusiasts have seen this as an opportunity, and have been challenging one another to races on both surface streets and freeways. Evidence of these practices can be found every morning. Tire marks are left all over the city, and in some cases, authorities have even found donut marks on major highways. Traveling at high speeds on roads that were not designed for those speeds puts racing drivers at risk. Take a turn at too high a speed and the car can spin out or flip, leading to a nasty accident. Similarly, if you are a bystander who happens to be on the road at the same time as street racers, their fast and unpredictable driving can lead to a horrendous collision.
If you notice other drivers behaving strangely or erratically the next time you are on the road, it is in your best interest to get out of their way, whether that means pulling over or taking a detour in order to avoid dangerous behavior. You should also alert the authorities of their behavior.
If you do end up injured in a car accident that was caused by illegal street racing, contact Herrera Law for help and representation.