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Racing fans injured at Florida speedway hire attorneys

Three people have retained a Florida law firm after sustaining injuries while attending a NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway. While those individuals have yet to take further legal action, they could potentially name NASCAR, the Speedway and the designer of the track's catch fence as defendants. An attorney with the law firm told reporters that he is currently gathering the information his clients need to file a personal injury lawsuit and seek compensation from "the entities responsible for the injuries."

The serious car accident occurred when a racer crashed his car, causing it to fly into the catch fence separating the track from spectators. Officials believe that at least 28 spectators were hurt after they were struck from shrapnel from the crash. Two individuals appear to have been hit by one of the car's tires, which was thrown into the stands due to the impact of the crash. While they were initially listed in critical condition, both have since been upgraded to stable condition. At least seven other fans were being treated at a hospital at last report.

Experts say they expect several lawsuits to emerge from the accident, pointing to an incident in 1999 after three fans were killed by flying debris at a race in 1999. The resulting lawsuit saw the track giving plaintiffs between $10 million and $15 million in order to settle the claim outside of court.

All tickets to NASCAR events include waivers that stipulate race goers are all responsible for any injuries incurred during a race, though experts say this does not necessarily prohibit spectators from pursuing legal action. One attorney noted that spectators are not protected when they go to a race and all they must do is prove negligence.

If the three hurt fans ultimately decide to sue NASCAR or any other defendants, they could potentially receive substantial awards compensating for their injuries.

Source: ESPN, "Three fans hurt in crash hire law firm," David Newton, Feb. 26, 2013

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