Recently eight people died, and ten more suffered serious injuries at the popular off-road California 200 race when a vehicle lost control and spun into the crowd. According to reports and video of the event, fans were watching the race just feet from the action, a move that other race promoters call plain stupid. Because the event took place on federal land, the race promoters are facing a federal inquiry into the off-road auto accident.
The issue for the promoters of the California 200 is whether they were in any way negligent for the spectator’s deaths. By an initial glance at the facts, it seems the answer is a resounding ‘yes.’
First, according to a contract for the use of the land with the federal agency, the promoters were required to keep spectators at least 50 feet away from the track. Second, according to common practice in the sport, promoters take specific steps to ensure the crowd’s safety. For example, promoters at other races post warning signs and erect barriers in order to provide a safe viewing environment.
For those who were seriously injured as a result of the promoter’s negligent action, they face a long road to recovery. Not only are there the significant expenses for medical treatment, there are also such damages as loss of income and pain and suffering. For those who lost a loved one, they not only must suffer personal loss, but also emotional distress and loss of income.
In situations where negligent action causes either serious injury or death, one has the right in Southern California to bring a legal action for negligent personal injury or wrongful death. In the case of the California 200, these victims have the right to receive compensation for all of their damages, both current and the ongoing issues that may very well affect them in the future.
If you’d like to speak with an attorney about your California personal injury or wrongful death case, contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today. Our Southern California personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have the experience to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 888-848-5084 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
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