Street Racing Threatens Road Users in New Mexico

What are the penalties for street racing?

Recently, the Albuquerque, New Mexico police department arrived at the scene of an accident that has been described as the worst crash anyone has witnessed in some time. Police report that two vehicles were racing through the streets of Albuquerque.  One of the cars veered off and careened into a woman crossing the street by Louisiana and Gibson.  The woman was killed instantly. The out of control car then rammed into an apartment building.  Four people were in the vehicle, with the driver being transported to custody while the others were taken to the hospital in critical condition.  It has been reported that the alleged street racers were airmen from the Kirtland Air Force Base.  Officers are now calling on other would be street racers to consider the consequences of their actions and cease any illegal speeding on area roads.

Street Racing in Albuquerque

Street racing occurs across the country, but Albuquerque has unfortunately become a popular city for the dangerous activity.  Street racers have been migrating from different neighborhoods within Albuquerque, threatening residents with their high speed pursuits that are often accompanied by violence.  Street racers are drawn by the thrills, but they may not recognize that their actions could come with serious risks to the lives and the lives of others.  Further, street racing is a criminal offense with potential civil liability ramifications as well.

Criminal Liability

Those who drive on a highway for the purpose of racing or engage in an acceleration contest can be found guilty of a misdemeanor per New Mexico law.  Further, anyone who drives recklessly on a New Mexico roadway could be charged with reckless driving.  These offenses can result in jail time, fines, and suspension of your license.  If anyone is hurt due to your racing, you could be charged with a felony offense.

Civil Liability

Anyone injured by a driver who is racing may be eligible to pursue a personal injury case against the reckless driver that injured them.  Racing on roadways is illegal in New Mexico and hence can provide the necessary evidence of negligent behavior to prove your case. Injured plaintiffs in New Mexico may be able to receive compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Contact a car accident lawyer for immediate assistance.


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