SeaWorld Drive Closed After Fatal Street Racing Accident
One person was killed and another seriously injured in a street racing accident in Mission Bay on Sunday evening.
The incident occurred just after 5pm Sunday. According to San Diego police, two vehicles, a silver Corvette and black Mercedes, were racing westbound on SeaWorld Drive when the driver of the Corvette lost control. The vehicle crashed into a tree near Friars Road.
The driver of the Corvette was killed instantly and a female passenger was taken to a local trauma unit with serious injuries. The victim's identity has not yet been released.
SeaWorld drive was closed immediately after the collision and California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert for the section between Friars Road and South Shores Road. The road was reopened before 11pm.
Police are looking for the driver of the Mercedes, who allegedly fled the scene. Though it appears the Mercedes was not physically involved in the accident (did not itself collide with the Corvette), the police said they are investigating and treating the accident as a hit-and-run because the driver fled the scene.
It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol may have been involved in the collision.
Racing and Car Accidents
Racing is an extremely dangerous practice on any public roadway. Not only is street racing against the law in California, but it may create a significantly increased risk of being involved in a collision. Any resulting car accident is also far more likely to cause serious injury or death, as in the case discussed above.
At extremely high speeds, it is easy for even an experienced driver to lose control. An object in the road, change in traffic or other unforeseen situation can leave a driver with insufficient time to respond, as it will take longer for a vehicle to slow or come to a stop. In attempting to avoid an obstacle, a driver is more likely to lose control if he or she is driving above the posted speed limit or too fast for current road or weather conditions.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding-related accidents account for about one-third of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. each year. This figure shows just how prevalent speed-related collisions are on our roadways. In 2012, for example, 10,219 people lost their lives in speeding-related accidents, accounting for 30% of all traffic fatalities that year. Speeding is also estimated to have an annual economic cost of $40.4 billion.
Although it is unclear whether the driver of the Mercedes could be held liable for the death of the Corvette driver and the injuries the passenger sustained, he or she may face criminal charges for street racing and leaving the scene of an auto accident. The severity of these charges may vary depending on the outcome of the police investigation into the collision.
From our offices in San Diego, we at The McClellan Law Firm offer experienced legal counsel to the injured in Southern California. If you were involved in a car accident because another driver was speeding, racing or engaging in any other negligent or dangerous conduct, call a personal injury lawyer at our firm to see what rights and options you may have in this important matter.
If someone else was to blame for your accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation from that person's auto insurance policy or other source. This may cover medical bills, damage to your vehicle, emotional trauma, lost earnings, pain, suffering and possibly more. In a high-speed collision, your injuries and losses may be great. Recovering maximum compensation could make all the difference. Call our firm today.