Every Memorial Day weekend, auto racing enthusiasts from around the world descend upon the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Indy Car racing’s premier event. According to some estimates, attendance at the race can be in the neighborhood of 300,000 people. While everyone goes to the race to have a good time, the unfortunate reality of the situation is that attending the Indy 500 and other sporting events exposes people to a risk of serious injury.
There are many ways that people can be injured at events like the Indy 500 and Colts and Pacers games. In many cases, however, victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries. Here are some of the more common kinds of accidents that often occur when large crowds get together to watch an event.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and falls are extremely common accidents in crowded sports venues. Drinks get spilled, people leave trash in walkways, stairwells deteriorate, and light bulbs burn out in dark hallways. All of these and other hazards have the potential to result in slip and fall accidents that can cause extremely serious injuries. Fortunately for victims, if the hazard existed due to the negligence of the owner of the venue, they can often recover compensation.
Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Many sports venues have escalator and elevators that make getting from level to level quick and convenient. Unfortunately, when they are poorly maintained, they can malfunction and cause extremely serious injuries. As is the case with slip and falls, when elevator and escalator accidents are caused by the negligence of the party responsible for the facility, victims are legally entitled to recover for the losses they sustain.
Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers
It is no secret that many people drink when they attend events like the Indy 500 or other sporting events. In fact, some people even “pre-game” in order to show up already a bit buzzed. As a result, simply attending an event can increase your risk of being involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver. These accidents can occur on the way to the event, in the parking lot, or on your way home and can cause extremely serious injuries. Thankfully for victims, drunk drivers can almost invariably be held liable for any accidents they cause.
Injured in an Accident? Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been injured at the Indy 500 or another sporting event, there is a good chance that you can recover compensation. The attorneys of the Law Office of William W. Hurst are aggressive Indianapolis personal injury lawyers who know how to maximize insurance settlements and are not afraid of taking a case to trial. We will review the facts of your case for free and let you know whether we believe that you have a claim. If you choose to us to represent you, we will not charge you legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (317) 636-0808 or send us an email through our online contact form.