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Consequences of Street Racing Accidents

Street racing is a form of reckless driving in Nevada. The Las Vegas personal accident attorneys at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez walk you through the consequences of street racing and the damage they can cause.

Understand the Law

In Nevada, street racing is a form of reckless driving. It’s unlawful to participate in, as well as organize a street race in Nevada. The fine print of city code 484B.653 states it’s unlawful for a person to:

  • Drive a vehicle “in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property.”
  • Drive a vehicle “in an unauthorized speed contest on a public highway.”
  • “Organize an unauthorized speed contest on a public highway.”

To organize a street race means to “plan, schedule, promote, or assist in the planning, scheduling or promotion of, an unauthorized speed contest on a public highway, regardless of whether a fee is charged for attending the unauthorized speed contest.”

Of course, the worst possible outcome of street racing is death or injury, which personal accident attorneys have seen shatter countless families. But an accident can cause an horrendous lifetime of other consequences, including:

  • Physical impairment or permanent disability
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages, which can lead to the loss of a home and a host of other life-altering changes

Assess the Penalties

Compared to these consequences, incurring a misdemeanor charge from a police officer may pale in comparison. There’s no doubt Nevada laws are designed to deter repeat behavior:

A first offense carries the possibility of:

  • A fine of between $250 and $1,000
  • 50 to 99 hours of community service time
  • A 15-day impoundment of the involved vehicle
  • The suspension of a driver’s license of between six months and two years
  • A six-month jail term

A second offense carries the possibility of:

  • A fine of between $1,000 and $1,500
  • Between 100 and 199 hours of community service time
  • 30-day impoundment of the involved vehicle
  • Suspension of a driver’s license between six months and two years
  • A six-month jail term

Third and subsequent offenses carry the possibility of:

  • A fine of between $1,500 and $2,000
  • The levying of 200 hours of community service time
  • 30-day impoundment of the involved vehicle
  • Suspension of a driver’s license of between six months and two years
  • A six-month jail term

Meanwhile, “felony speed racing,” which causes someone’s death or substantial bodily harm, carries a penalty of:

  • Between one and six years in prison
  • A fine of between $2,000 and $5,000

Contact A Las Vegas Personal Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured due to another party street racing or driving recklessly, you will need the legal prowess of the most experienced Las Vegas personal accident attorneys at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez. Call 702-388-4476 for a free consultation so we can help get you the compensation to start your recovery.