NASCAR racers can hit speeds up to 200 mph during races. When something goes wrong at such high speeds, the results can be catastrophic. Such a disaster struck at the end of a NASCAR race at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 23. But how did this NASCAR crash even happen?
During the last lap, 12 cars collided, and Kyle Larson’s racer was thrown several feet in the air. It crashed into the safety barrier between the racetrack and the audience, throwing mechanical debris into the crowd, including two wheels. The vehicle’s engine nearly broke through the fence.
The crash caused 28 injuries. Of those, 14 people received treatment onsite and 14 others required hospitalization for more serious injuries.
Legal Fallout From Spectator Injuries
Athletic event organizers often use fine print to dodge responsibility in these cases of serious injury. NASCAR prints a warning on their tickets that lets spectators know that they are taking a risk by attending the event. It also claims that the property owners and employees are “hereby released from any and all claims arising from the event, including claims of negligence.”
Victims should remember that these waivers are not bulletproof. If the property owners knew that weak materials or poor construction posed a risk to spectators and chose to ignore these liabilities, then victims could have solid grounds for a premises liability suit.
If you did sustain a serious injury through no fault of your own, it could not hurt to talk to a personal injury lawyer. We do not charge anything for the initial consultation, and we will give you an honest assessment of your case’s validity. Call (866) 377-3800 today to learn more.
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