Daytona Crash Raises Questions About Fan Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on March 11, 2013

Nascar fan safetyAt a NASCAR race, the so-called “best seats” are closest to the action on the track. However, in the wake of last month’s accident, fans may want to avoid these seats until new car racing safety measures  are implemented.

Spectators at the Daytona International Speedway were injured when a racecar driven by rookie Kyle Larson went airborne and collided with the protective fence. The force of the accident sent debris into the stands, including a tire that was hurled over the top of the fence and landed midway up the section of seating surrounding the track. In total, 28 fans were injured, several critically.

While NASCAR is a notoriously dangerous sport, the risk is not supposed to extend to fans watching the race. Unfortunately, this is one of several crashes to injure fans due to debris entering the stands. In 1998, three fans were killed and six others were injured when a crash at an Indy Car race at the Michigan International Speedway sent tire and other parts into the stands. There have been several other injuries in recent years at racetracks across the country.

Nonetheless, it may be difficult for injured parties to file Florida personal injury lawsuits. The waivers on the tickets expressly state: "The holder of this ticket expressly assumes all risk incident to the event, whether occurring prior to, during or subsequent to the actual event, and agrees that all participants, sanctioning bodies, and all employees, agents, officers, and directors of Daytona International Speedway, its affiliates and subsidiaries, are hereby released from any and all claims arising from the event, including claims of negligence." These types of waivers are common at sporting events, including baseball and hockey games.

Ultimately, the cases will likely come down to whether or not race organizers did enough to keep fans out of the zone of danger. Despite the broad disclaimers, the lawsuits may be bolstered by the fact that these types of accidents have happened before, suggesting that racetracks should have done more to protect spectators.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

Previous post:

Next post: