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Nationwide Series accident could result in spectator claims

01st March 2013

The race, which took place the day before the beginning of the Daytona 500, was on its last lap when the driver out in front attempted to block another from taking the lead.

This resulted in another of the drivers colliding into one of the cars in front of him which sent his vehicle flying through the air. The front of the car had been removed by the impact and his engine struck and passed through the fence which separated fans from the track.

Bits of debris from the crash landed in the seating area, as well as a tyre which flew over the top of the fence.

According to reports, more than 30 spectators sustained personal injuries in the incident, including two who were apparently in a critical condition – but stable by Sunday.

The racing car accident has led some individuals to question whether spectators may be able to make compensation claims. One lawyer states “Maybe the fence should have been higher; maybe there should have been more spacing between the track and spectators.”

So far, no claims have been brought against the International Speedway Corporation, which manages the Daytona racetrack.

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