Street racing may be one of the most irresponsible things a person can do. It is impossible to turn a public road into your own personal “racetrack.” No matter what time of day you are racing, an innocent party may come along, unaware that their right to use the road without encountering a drag race is being violated.

Obviously, someone who is trying to win a race is not watching out for other vehicles and is going very fast. It is unlikely that the racer will be able to stop in time to avoid a crash.

Drag racing may have caused the death of two teenage Los Angeles siblings on the Pacific Coast Highway recently. A terrible crash fatally injured the siblings, a brother and sister, and badly injured two other passengers in their vehicle.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the group of four was hit by a car that was going the wrong way on PCH. The car was allegedly driving next to a pickup truck that was also going the wrong way, and was speeding, when the driver lost control. Police initially said the car and truck were racing, but later backed off that assertion.

Some forms of negligence, such as failing to signal a lane change or not stopping at a red light, are fairly subtle, though they can cause a serious crash. Other conduct, like drunk driving or drag racing, is done with clear indifference to the personal safety of other people. Either way, the person at fault in a car crash should be held financially responsible for their victims’ injuries.