There’s really no way to justify street racing on public roadways. Those who are involved with this dangerous activity often use questionable logic to justify their actions. They may say things like: we’re on a freeway at night, so we won’t be hurting other drivers or pedestrians. And even if there is a wreck, our vehicles will protect us from serious harm.
Well, a weekend street racing crash in suburban Chicago demonstrated just how weak these arguments really are.According to Illinois State Police, three cars were street racing on inbound Eisenhower Expressway in Berkeley Saturday night. Shortly after 11:30pm, one of the vehicles hit a concrete median barrier just past St. Charles Road. Upon impact, the car’s rear hatch flew open and two rear seat passengers were ejected onto the roadway. One of those individuals was struck by one of the other racing vehicles. Both ejected passengers were transported to Loyola University Medical Center in the suburb of Maywood with serious injuries. In addition, the front seat passenger was treated and released from Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, as was the female driver. The car which struck the passengers remained at the scene, but the third vehicle fled before troopers arrived.Personally I’m glad that no one was killed like in early February when drag racers killed a 25 year old Joliet woman, orphaning her 5 year old near West Pullman.From the information given in the article, it’s pretty clear that the female will be held at mostly or completely responsible for the injuries to all three of her passengers. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the driver of the vehicle which struck the ejected passenger may also share some liability. All three passengers may be entitled to reimbursement of medical expenses and perhaps other damages as well from personal injury lawsuits.