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The Indy 500 is one of the most anticipated racing events in the United States. People from all over the world gather around to watch motor racers risk their lives. Drivers are not the only ones that can get hurt at the Indianapolis 500. Just from being in the wrong place at the wrong time, spectators have gotten seriously injured or killed.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway must be held accountable for its role in your accident. But trying to obtain compensation can be hard, especially by yourself.
Fortunately, the speedway accident lawyers at Stephenson Rife, LLP are here to help. Our lawyers can relieve the burden for you when you fight for compensation. Call us today to discuss your case at (317) 680-2501.
Why Choose Us?
At Stephenson Rife, we accept nothing less than what is in your best interests. We are driven to produce the best results for your case. One aspect that sets our legal team apart is the preparation we put into our cases. We are dedicated to removing as many legal hurdles from your case as possible.
How We Can Help
You will never hear that a case is too hard for our legal team. Our law firm is known to handle the cases that other law firms would avoid. We are passionate about getting the right compensation for our clients.
We know how devastating an Indianapolis Motor Speedway accident is for our clients. That is why we gather as much evidence as possible and negotiate against the big corporations for just compensation. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and awards for our clients, many of whom have suffered injuries just like you.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Deaths
The danger that comes with racing makes it so exciting to other people. The Indy 500 consists of at least 30 racers driving along oval tracks at nearly 230 miles per hour. Under these circumstances, fatalities are guaranteed to happen.
To date, there have been 73 people killed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While most of these victims were drivers, track personnel, pit crew members, and spectators were also killed.
Being seriously injured at the Indy 500 is not rare, especially for spectators.
When racers are driving for up to 200 miles per hour, a collision can easily become catastrophic. The debris can fly from the racetrack and strike someone in the head. You may face injuries such as:
Indianapolis Spectator Injuries
Flying debris, in particular, is responsible for most of a spectator’s injuries. When cars crash into each other, everything is unexpected. You do not know what parts are going to hit someone. In the past, spectators have been hit with tires and other wreckage from the accidents.
Some spectators died instantly after being hit by the flying debris. Even the spectators who were lucky to survive became victims of brain and spinal cord injuries.
Who Can Be Held Liable in an Indianapolis 500 Accident?
So many parties can be held liable in an Indianapolis Motor Speedway accident. Many accidents have happened because of the carelessness of the driver. The driver’s company may also be held liable. The car manufacturer may also be held responsible for your injuries. Many motor speedway accidents happen as a result of a defect. These defects are not always noticeable until it is too late.
How Can an Indianapolis Motor Speedway Accident Lawyer Help You?
Your motor speedway accident case can take many directions. To get the compensation you deserve, you must prove negligence. This negligence or carelessness must have directly caused you to suffer significant damage. These damages can be physical, psychological, or financial.
In addition to proving carelessness, you must protect yourself against several insurance companies. Insurance companies do not care about the damages you have suffered from your accident. Their objective is to avoid paying out as much compensation as possible. You need an attorney who is knowledgeable about Indy 500 speedway accidents. We have a strong record of successful verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Determining the Worth of Your Indianapolis 500 Injury Case
When we meet with our clients, we assess the facts of their case and determine if they have a lawsuit. Your case is as credible as your ability to prove the other party’s recklessness. If there is no strong possibility of proving the other party’s negligence, your case may not be worth pursuing.
But other factors can determine whether you have a credible lawsuit. One of those factors is the amount of monetary loss that you suffered. You may want to explore your legal options if your injuries are severe. The greater your injuries, the more compensation you could receive.
Investigating the Facts of Your Case
Our legal team can also investigate your case. There are factors of your case that may require a deeper investigation. You may need to determine the identity of the liable parties that caused your accident. A proper investigation can determine how your accident happened.
Our lawyers can interview eyewitnesses and first responders. We can gather and examine evidence left at the accident scene. We can work with accident reconstruction experts who can recreate your accident and determine who was at fault.
Gathering Evidence That Builds Your Case
Because there may be additional liable parties, each party may try to avoid being responsible for your accident. To hold each party responsible, you need the right type of credible evidence. This includes photos of the accident scene, police reports, witness statements, and medical records. Your lawyer can gather the strongest evidence in your favor. The more evidence there is, the greater your chances of holding each party liable for your accident.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
Our lawyers can also protect your best interests against insurance companies. You must negotiate with one or several insurance companies to settle your speedway accident lawsuit. The negotiation process can be frustrating if you do not have a skilled lawyer.
Insurance companies may try to lowball you and give you less than you deserve for your injuries. If you try to request more compensation, they may try to search for flaws in your case.
What Justice Looks Like for You and Your Loved Ones
You should not have to accept whatever compensation the Indy 500 wants to give you. Being involved in an Indianapolis Motor Speedway accident is traumatizing. Even if you can survive, you can walk away with a permanent injury.
Living with a permanent injury will affect the rest of your life. You will have to pay for long-term medical expenses. Your ability to work your previous job may be in jeopardy. You may have to consider getting in-home care or caretakers to help you live with your injuries.
This new way of life will become very expensive for you. That is why you deserve to receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Holding All Parties Liable for Your Indy 500 Accident
Justice also involves holding all parties liable for your accident. Just like other accidents, motor speedway accidents can be avoided. They usually result from another person’s recklessness. When you have been seriously injured because of someone else’s negligence, that person should take accountability. They should not get away with placing you in harm’s way. When a person is found liable for a personal injury accident, they must compensate the victim financially.
Damages That You Can Recover for an Indy 500 Injury
The damages that you can recover for your motor speedway accident include:
- Medical expenses. These include surgeries, physical therapy services, pain medication, and medical devices.
- Lost wages. These include the wages you made before your accident and what you could have made in the future.
- Pain and suffering. This includes the mental anguish and physical pain that your accident caused.
- Property damage.
- Loss of enjoyment of life. This damage applies if you lose your loved one in a motor speedway accident.
Consult With an Indianapolis Motor Speedway Accident Lawyer Today
At Stephenson Rife, we provide caring, confident, and cost-effective service for our clients. If you have been seriously hurt in an Indy 500 accident, discuss your case with our legal team today. Call our office, or submit our contact form, or call us at (317) 680-2501 to schedule a free consultation.