Lawsuits were expected after the final lap crash in Daytona’s NNS race

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NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation have hired a law firm to deal with the expected lawsuits following crash which caused injuries to the spectators in the Nationwide Series race.

It did not take long for an Orlando, Florida lawyer to offer his services to the spectators who were injured during the final lap crash in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on January 24th at Daytona International Speedway. It was expected despite the back of the ticket stub regarding the dangers at any motor sports event.

Attorney Matt Morgan decided to take on the challenge even though it has been attempted at past venues where injuries occurred; including deaths. In fact injured fans who have made attempts with either one lawyer or a law firm goes beyond just motor sports. Spectators at concerts and other sporting events have joined in a common law suit during events when injuries have occurred. In most cases, including other race tracks, settlements were reached by both parties.

Engine and wheel of Kyle Larson in the grandstands
Engine and wheel of Kyle Larson in the grandstands

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Morgan now has signed to represent at least five of the fans injured due to the horrific crash at Daytona on February 24, 2013. At that time, it was reported by Joie Chitwood III, president of the Daytona International Speedway that 28 spectators had been injured with 14 treated at the track medical center and 14 had been transported to the hospital. There is still one spectator who remains hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit by the tire from Kyle Larson's car.

Morgan actually hopes to reach an out-of-court settlement with NASCAR. The lawsuit includes personal injuries claims, as well as the concern of future incidents. Morgan claims that the focus remains the fact that Kyle Larson's car went airborne into the catch fence, sending debris flying into the stands.

''Ultimately, I believe it would be gross negligence,'' Morgan said. ''We all know that when you go to a race you assume a certain amount of risk. But what people don't assume is that a race car will come flying into the stands.”

NASCAR is conducting an investigation to see if the catch fence did its job, focusing on the area around a crossover gate where the engine of Larson's car ripped through. Outside of the original updates the Speedway has remained quiet. The owners of the Florida track, NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation, have retained a Miami-based law firm.

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