Speeding is dangerous enough for other drivers, passengers and pedestrians on Massachusetts’ roads and highways. Traveling just a little over the posted speed limit can cause a driver to lose control and lead to a violent crash.
Then there is drag racing on public roads. Racers can go far past the speed limit trying to win. Two cars going 90 mph on a street where people live is a disaster waiting to happen.
Racer strikes couple in Massachusetts
Tragically, an alleged drag racer recently caused the deaths of a married couple. Police say that driver was driving a Ford Mustang and was racing another vehicle in Lowell as the couple was trying to cross the street. It is not clear how fast the Mustang was going when it struck the victims.
The victims were rushed to the hospital but pronounced dead. The driver was also injured and needed to be carried off on a stretcher. Authorities expect him to survive. As of May 26, the suspect was charged with two counts each of motor vehicle homicide and manslaughter, and one count of operating to endanger.
Is the road unsafe?
Though dangerous drivers should bear legal responsibility when they hurt somebody, circumstances outside of the driver’s negligence often play a part. In this case, neighbors say the stretch of road where the victims were killed is unsafe. The posted speed limit is 40 mph, which some residents believe is too high. On top of that, motorists routinely drive much faster than the limit, neighbors say.
Pursuing your legal options can help
Whatever the circumstances, pedestrians crossing the street should never become victims of a drag racer — or any negligent or reckless driver. For many grieving families, a wrongful death lawsuit can help them find peace. A discussion with a personal injury attorney may help lay out the path forward.