Although street racing is illegal, that does not prevent some drivers from participating in an activity that often turns from daring into deadly. A high-speed race on a road littered with numerous drivers can almost guarantee injury, if not a fatal accident. Texas police say a Christmas Day race between two drivers caused two deaths and injuries to two other people.
Police report two men, each driving a Ford Mustang, raced each other on a state highway in an area that is known to be a popular spot for speed competition. The sheriff investigating the crash said both men were driving over 90 mph, even though the posted limit is only 45. At some point on the highway, one of the drivers hit an SUV and then another sedan.
The Mustang driver as well as the driver of the SUV died upon impact. The two occupants in the sedan were injured but are expected to fully recover. The other Mustang driver was not hurt and may be charged with several offenses in the incident.
The Mustang driver who survived may face criminal consequences for his actions. Separately, the surviving family of the SUV driver appear to have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him, as well as the estate of the other Mustang driver. A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought against someone whose negligence caused or materially contributed to a fatal accident. The injured accident victims who survived may be entitled to pursue personal injury claims against the same parties. Texas residents in similar circumstances will want to speak to an attorney to determine what steps toward legal recourse may be appropriate.
Source: abc13.com, "2 killed in crash with two Mustangs racing at high speed on Highway 249", Dec. 25, 2017