It looks like that's an E46, FWIW.
I know law enforcement agencies are now scanning YouTube for this kind of stuff, and it's only a matter of time before the insurance companies do, too. I, for one, look forward to the day when dipsh!ts like the ones in these videos won't be able to drive because they'll have neither license nor insurance to do it.
We learned real quick this road demanded a lot of respect and a much higher level of skill then other we had ridden on before.
DUI crashes are still pay outs, remember. That's why you HAVE insurance, to not just cover you from other people, but to cover you from your stupid ass. All accidents (whether it's crashing into the back of a car, or hitting a tree, or spinning out on ice) are all due to negligent driving ... it's why it's illegal and you get tickets when you crash. Technically, it's a crime to crash.
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Negligence != Street Racing. In fact, it's pretty much the polar opposite. Negligence means an accident caused by not paying full attention to your driving (e.g., an accident caused by changing lanes without signaling). Street racing is willfully disobeying the law.
Street racing is often very hard to prove, since nobody usually says after they total their car, "hey, I was street racing!" But if you post the video to YouTube (especially with your license plate visible), it becomes a LOT easier.
In Ohio, street racing is pretty explicitly defined as requiring two cars "Side by Side" racing to a predetermined destination. Aka, it's pretty easy to plea your way out of those charges because most cops, instead of writing up reckless op tickets, write up street racing and the prosecutor can't prove those facts.
Now, YMMV depending on state of course, but generally, unless you're doing it on purpose to wreck your car, you're going to get covered.Ohio ORC 4511.251
As used in this section and section 4510.036 of the Revised Code, “street racing” means the operation of two or more vehicles from a point side by side at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to out-distance each other or the operation of one or more vehicles over a common selected course, from the same point to the same point, wherein timing is made of the participating vehicles involving competitive accelerations or speeds. Persons rendering assistance in any manner to such competitive use of vehicles shall be equally charged as the participants. The operation of two or more vehicles side by side either at speeds in excess of prima-facie lawful speeds established by divisions (B)(1)(a) to (B)(8) of section 4511.21 of the Revised Code or rapidly accelerating from a common starting point to a speed in excess of such prima-facie lawful speeds shall be prima-facie evidence of street racing.
Last edited by seadoo2006; 08-20-2012 at 09:40 PM.
1. you are not that good of driver
2. your car is not setup well
3. you are driving too fast for conditions
Multiple choice, feel free to pick more than one!
Shutup and drive yo cah'!
First rule of back road driving is stay off the yellow lines.
Second rule of back road driving is STAY OFF THE YELLOW LINES.
Third rule of back road driving is understanding the "circle of grip" ... your car is connected to the road by four patches of rubber that change size and shape depending on what you're doing to the car. Figuring out how to best use the "circle of grip" is the best way to drive better.
Remember what they teach you at HPDE ... your car will naturally go where you are looking due to your natural reflexes. You can lessen the impact/severity or avoid a crash by simply by looking at where your emergency maneuver should take you.