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This is the image that is ever present at all tracks and on the back of our race tickets. There is a key disclaimer in the bottom line. "YOU ARE PRESENT AT YOUR OWN RISK" All motorsport fans know this and the thrill of a possible accident is what drives many of us to the sport.
After the Daytona 300 crash which injured around 30 people, 2 of them critically, legal action is now underway against the race organisers.
Is this going to be a start of a trend for when incidents like this happen? This article says that the lawyers involved are trying to get NASCAR to settle out of court and avoid further litigation is this because are they worried that the case will be thrown out due to the disclaimer on the ticket.
I think NASCAR should have their day in court as the fans know the risk and trying to cash in on a quick buck is becoming too much of a regular occurrence in most countries.
Incidently the most seriously injured from the crash are not making a claim against NASCAR and one of them at least is hoping to have recovered in time so he can get back to watching the sport he loves as soon as possible.
This is an issue that could affect any of us as regular racegoers and a change in the law could cause serious disruption in the form of higher stronger fences, fans being forced to sit further from the action and possibly refused access to certain events completely just in case the organisers are at risk of being sued.
If a precedent is set here then similar legislation would be rolled out over all motorsport, one of the big losers here would be rallying where the risk is the highest but thrill the greatest for the fans.