Sports of all kinds have always been a huge thing in America. Though we go and support many sports, In the truth is that most of these sports are considerably dangerous. In football, basketball, and even hockey, the players are at a huge risk of getting injured but in NASCAR racing, those risks can be even greater. If you or a loved one has been injured due to negligence, call a Fort Lauderdale injury attorney to discuss your possible case.
Driving around a track of speeds up to 200 mph can seem like a piece of cake when you are a spectator watching from a TV screen but when you are there in person, it is a whole other story. Not only could this sport cause injury to the athlete himself but also to the crowd spectators. Being anywhere near a car going close to 200 mph could become fatal quickly. Daytona Speedway is witness to just what could happen to surrounding spectators when a car spins out of control at extremely high speeds.
According to court documents filed in 2015, plaintiff Allen Davis was a spectator at the 2013 Daytona 500. During this race, an enormous crash involving 12 cars sent one vehicle, driven by Kyle Larson, up against the catch fence. The catch fence was able to prevent the car from going into the crowd but failed to keep the audience safe from injury. Debris was able to get through the fence and pound the crowd causing a traumatic brain injury for the plaintiff. Davis, the injured spectator, filed suit in November 2015. In November of last year, a judge in Florida granted the plaintiff a partial victory by ordering the defendant to produce documentation it had been pressing to retain. The defendant had objected to a request for documents concerning ‘fan safety,’ holding that in its view the term was too broad and encompassed a number of situations that went beyond danger and risk for injury from flying debris, such as Florida slip
and fall issues, traffic concerns and the temperatures in the concession areas. The attorney for the plaintiff hailed the order by Florida judge Karla Spaulding for partial documents, adding that it was important to determine what NASCAR knew about the fences and when they knew it. Davis alleges within his premises liability Florida lawsuit that the defendant and NASCAR knew, and have known for a period of years that the implementation of speed-capping measures following a 1987 crash which injured several spectators, increases the likelihood of cars going airborne. This crash which happened in 1987 was similar to the crash that happened in 2013 which injured Mr. Davis. The Plaintiff is claiming that the defendant was negligent in placing proper precautions when knowing what possible outcomes could occur in the event of a horrific crash by past experiences by the defendant in the 1987 crash. This is just the beginning for this case.