NASCAR fans are quite opinionated when it comes to the possibility of lawsuits due to Sunday's crash where several NASCAR fans were injured. It was reported on Feb. 27 by Fox News that it is possible that some fans are considering suing NASCAR. In interviews conducted on Feb. 27, fans react to the possibility of NASCAR being sued.
Three of the injured fans admitted they are looking into a lawsuit against NASCAR. The attorney for the three fans, Matt Morgan, stated in a news conference that the lawsuit would focus on the safety fence at Daytona International Speedway.
“I wonder if any of the three so-called NASCAR fans smoke,” Stephen Sutton, a NASCAR fan from Oklahoma City, said. “More people die from smoke-related health issues than die at NASCAR races. That includes fans and drivers.”
Although there could be grounds for a lawsuit, it may be a difficult lawsuit to win. All NASCAR race tickets clearly have liability waivers written on the back. Some believe those waivers to be a legal contract.
“Anyone who thinks going to a NASCAR race isn't potentially dangerous is delusional,” Chuck Rice, from Norman, said. “Although NASCAR tries to keep everyone safe, things happen. I've been to races and there are all sorts of things flying off the track. I saw the waiver and knew I was attending at my own risk.”
Matt Morgan believes it would “gross negligence.” He contends that, despite the dangers, no ones assumes “that a race car will come flying into the stands.”
“NASCAR needs to do more to keep their fans safe,” Wendy Murdoch, from Oklahoma City, said. “I'd love to know if that fence was tested to hold back a car engine. That was what ended up in the stands. If it wasn't, I hope everyone hurt gets as much money as possible.”
Over 30 people were injured during the NASCAR race at Daytona. Large pieces of debris went through the safety fence that resulted in injuries ranging from cuts and bruises, broken bones and abdominal swelling. All of the NASCAR fans hurt during the race have been released from the hospital.
It is possible that the lawsuit would not only include NASCAR, but also the Daytona National Speedway and the manufacturer of the safety fencing used by NASCAR. At the time of publication, no lawsuits have been filed.