The Daytona Crash: Legal Ramifications

On Saturday February 23, 2013, a number of spectators were injured as a result of a ten car crash during a race at Daytona International Speedway.  Approximately 30 onlookers were injured when the crash propelled debris into the stands.

A wheel from one of the cars event went through the protection fence.

The situation is an absolute shame.  Not only were the people injured but they may have difficulty recovering for their injuries.

The tickets to the event had a disclaimer on the back that stated that the ticket holder assumed all potential risks and released the speedway, its employees, and other associated individuals from liability.

It might be argued that the crash was particularly grave and not of the normal risk associated with such an event and because of that the injured individuals should be allowed to seek damages.  However, it would be hard to overcome the idea that the event was inherently dangerous.

But, considering that the fence was rendered inoperable and pierced by the wheel the victims might be able to challenge that such an event wasn’t reasonably expected.

If the victims could demonstrate that the fence was inadequate for the potential risks, they could better their chances of winning support.  To do so, the victims would need to demonstrate that the race organizers knew of the potential danger and did not take adequate steps to protect the spectators.

Yet, it is unlikely that any lawsuits would go very far.  The settlement potential of such high profile personal injury claims is extremely high.

Regardless, we hope that those injured make a full recovery and race tracks become safer to prevent such a travesty from happening again.  If you have any questions please contact the experienced Tucson car accident lawyers who are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.