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Ross Jurewitz Explains the Ramifications of Illegal Street Racing on KUSI News
Ross Jurewitz, founder of the Jurewitz Law Group, discussed the ramifications of illegal street racing and a current case where his client was wrongfully injured in a hit-and-run street race on KUSI News Good Morning San Diego on May 29, 2013
Consequences of Speed Contests
Under California Vehicle Code, “speed contests” or unauthorized vehicle races are illegal and carry significant penalties for participants and observers alike, even if the race does not result in an accident or injury. Penalties for speed contests can include imprisonment, fines, revoked driver’s licenses and even impoundment of any vehicles involved in an illegal race.
During the interview, Mr. Jurewitz explained that his client could have been killed when his car was broadsided at an intersection by a speeding driver in a Honda Civic and then collided with the other racing driver in a Chevrolet Camaro.
The driver of the Camaro was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, illegal speed contest, and driving under the influence, while the driver of the Civic fled the scene of the accident on foot before the San Diego police arrived. The second driver has since been found, and faces the more serious charges of a felony hit-and-run.
In addition to criminal ramifications, Mr. Jurewitz explained that both racers involved in this accident will also be held accountable for his client’s damages, including medical bills ranging over $100,000. Ultimately, the legal costs and compensatory damages will follow the illegal racers for years to come, if not for the rest of their lives.
Legal Racing Alternatives
Mr. Jurewitz is a strong proponent of the program RaceLegal.com, which provides a safer alternative to illegal street racing at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. To learn more about the program, visit http://racelegal.com/
Twice a month the program hosts a 1/8th mile of street legal drag racing in an effort to redirect drivers who may participate in illegal racing to a safe, controlled environment. According to the executive director of RaceLegal.com, the program has achieved a year with zero deaths caused by illegal street racing. The program is supported by the local community, as well as the San Diego Police Department.
Mr. Jurewitz emphasized that bringing attention to the dangers of illegal racing and the positive impact that RaceLegal.com has had on San Diego is the first step to keeping the streets safe.
Helping Victims of Illegal Street Racing Recover
The San Diego personal injury attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group help auto accident victims and family members who have lost loved ones obtain the compensation they deserve due to the recklessness or misconduct of other motorists. Ross Jurewitz and his team are nationally recognized for representing personal injury clients and helping them obtain the compensation they deserve.