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Glamorized in films like the Fast and the Furious franchise, video games, and other media, street racing at first glance seems exciting and can get adrenaline pumping. During the beginning of the 2020 COVID Pandemic, street racers took advantage of the seemingly quiet streets causing a noticeable increase of illegal street racing and street takeovers.

Street takeovers are noticeably different from street racing, according to one Dallas local named Wikiii. Street takeovers occur when drivers block road access to streets or even major highways to perform slides and donuts on the road or in the middle of intersections amidst spectators. In the drivers' eyes, they are putting on a show. To many residents, government officials, and law enforcement, they are more than just a nuisance - they are a threat to public safety.

On average, 9 out of every 100,000 drivers has received a citation for street racing. Furthermore, nationwide the average number of vehicle-related deaths per 100,000 people in 2017 was 11.4, and the percentage of drivers that had accumulated a prior speeding violation was 11.31%.

Andrew Selsky from AP News reports:

"Jaye Sanford, a 52-year-old mother of two, was driving home in suburban Atlanta on Nov. 21 (2020) when a man in a Dodge Challenger muscle car who was allegedly street racing crashed into her head-on, killing her.

On New Year's Eve (2020) in Mississippi, drivers blocked traffic on an interstate highway in Jackson, the state capital, for an hour while they spun out and did donuts, etching circles in the pavement.

On the night of May 2 (2021), a 28-year-old woman was killed in Phoenix when a street racer crashed into her car. A man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, handed out thousands of tickets for speeding and racing since a crackdown began in October.

In Denver, police have deployed a helicopter to track races, closed lanes often used by racers and sent officers to places where racers meet. On April 3, a mother was killed when a street racer broadsided her car in downtown Denver.

In one of the most notorious incidents, hundreds of street racers clogged a stretch of interstate in nearby Aurora on March 7 while they raced and cruised. Police warned other motorists to stay away amid reports of guns being brandished and fireworks going off."

Why is illegal street racing so dangerous?

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Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a car wreck and should not be taken lightly.
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The science of whiplash is well-accepted today. But we are now finding out about injuries to the brain that can occur during a car wreck. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI for short, are at the forefront of scientific and medical research. Concussions sustained by football players have helped advance these studies in recent years. 

What is a traumatic brain injury?

According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI is a damage to the brain that causes brain dysfunction caused by a blow or other traumatic injury to the head or body. If it can happen during a football game with a player wearing a helmet, it can happen to you in a car wreck.

When you are in a car accident, the force of the impact is disbursed throughout the car and its occupants. Mayfield Brain and Spine says that “during the impact of the accident, the brain crashes back and forth inside of the hard skull causing bruising, bleeding, and tearing of nerve fibers.” Watch the video below to see a collection of crash tests. Pay close attention to the test dummies for an idea of what your body may experience during a car wreck.

Signs and symptoms of a TBI

Most clients are unaware that they might have damaged their brains in a car wreck. Some signs and symptoms may include confusion, blurred vision or dizziness, changes in irritability or emotional disturbances, poor attention, memory loss, fatigue, headaches, and other symptoms.

A traumatic brain injury could set in after the car wreck when the brain swells, which is called a secondary injury. 

When to see a doctor

Traumatic brain injuries should not be taken lightly. Seek emergency medical care if there are any signs or symptoms of traumatic brain injury after a car accident or other traumatic injury to the head. A mild injury to the brain requires prompt attention and an accurate diagnosis.

Best time to get an attorney?

Immediately after the accident!

You will be focused on recovery and physical therapy. Your attorney will worry about everything else. Stanley & Associates has made it easier than ever to hire an attorney. We offer free consultations and will answer any questions you have. Call 972-833-8000 or send us a message.

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