NASCAR Fans to Sue Following Daytona 500 Crash

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 26, 2013 Last Updated: February 26, 2013
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NASCAR fans to sue after they were injured in a massive crash at the Daytona 500 race over the weekend.

Following a massive crash during the Daytona 500 race over the weekend, some of the fans who were hurt in the incident will reportedly sue the race’s organizers.

Several spectators were sent to the hospital and 33 people were injured after a car flew into a fence along the grandstands during the NASCAR race.

Some fans are looking to file suit against the Daytona International Speedway, reported WFTV-9 in Orlando, Florida.

“No fan assumes the risk of a car flying in the stands and suffering a significant injury,” attorney Matt Morgan told the channel.

Morgan was hired by three fans to take up their case despite that a NASCAR representative has reportedly been visiting those who were injured in the hospital over the past several days.

“What we have to investigate—what was done and was there a safer fence that wasn’t put in place because of monetary considerations?” asked Morgan.

Morgan also told the Daytona Beach News Journal that of the three injured fans, one of them had a broken leg and another suffered a head injury. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

But Brett Scharback, the vice-president of International Speedway Corp., told the publication that “we have not received any representation letters.

“We will not comment on any litigation, pending or threatened,” he said.

Some of the other crash victims told WFTV they are not going to fault the organizers of the NASCAR race

Eddie Huckaby was hospitalized with a leg injury and received visits from several car drivers, according to WFTB.

“How can you get a lawyer when you don’t know what they’re going to take care of? Got to see what, how they’re going to treat you first,” Terry Huckaby, the brother of Eddie, told the station. 

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  • Mikeson

    Cars traveling at 200mph within feet of the stands? No danger? You bet there is. Sue and watch the NASCAR require waivers to enter the stands.

  • Vance 4: 26

    Not surprised here. Typical Americans, when a chance is given to sue and get some money, we do it. Get ready to pay NASCAR fans.

  • Tom

    Plus, I have attended many NASCAR races in my life, once even had debris hitting the seats near me after a tire blew on the track. The tickets to the race notify the fans of the dangers of the sport, and isn’t it common sense that cars going around 200 mph could very well get airborne if hit the right way? And I suggest you watch the wreck again, I don’t care if there could have been a “safer fence”, nothing but a 10 foot concrete wall could have stopped that tire and suspension from entering the stands like it did. A very sad event, of course, but this was all caused by simple laws of physics, not ignorance of an organization.

  • Melody Whitten

    Do not sue just get the medical bills paid – do you sue the ocean when a shark bites you?

  • invisibleman

    I agree with everyone else. When I took American law in high school we discussed this topic about baseball games. If you get hit with a foul ball, you cannot sue because there is an implied chance that you could be hit. Now to be hit by a bat is on a incident by incident. Most sport venues will pick up the medical bills and plus some other compensation.
    As Tom wrote, you have to expect to be hit by some flying debris.


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