It was intended to be a fun afternoon, with families and other spectators gathering in the Mojave Desert to watch the California 200 road race. But instead the day became a horrifying memory for many who witnessed a truck driver lose control and crash into a crowd of people. Eight were killed and many more were injured as a result of the accident.
Now several of the families of victims are filling wrongful death claims against race promoters, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the truck driver. The basis of the claims is that spectators were not adequately protected from injury because the promoters and BLM allowed people to stand too close to the racetrack.
The incident which occurred over a year ago in Southern California became highly publicized. A witness caught the incident on video, which shows the moment when the truck crashes into the group of spectators. The lawsuits allege negligence, arguing that there should have been guardrails up as well as signs warning spectators to stay a certain distance away.
The families included the BLM because the BLM should not have permitted the event to take place given the many safety violations that existed at the race track. However because the event was permitted to go on as planned, spectators were put in danger and at risk of injury. No doubt many of the victims' families are wondering whether their loved ones would still be alive had safeguards been in place or the event had been canceled.
Those who were hurt in the crash have also filed personal injury claims against the previously mentioned defendants.
Source: Courthouse News Service: "wrongful-death Suit in Off-Road Race Crash," Dan McCue, Sept. 19, 2011
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