The Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious events in all of motorsports, draws hundreds-of-thousands of spectators annually. This year, Race Day takes place on Sunday, May 26th, with Opening Day beginning on May 14th. Amid the excitement of racing and festivities, spectator accidents can and do occur. With the potential for flying debris, slip and falls, and other unforeseen hazards, questions may arise about one’s legal rights in the event of injuries sustained.

Injuries at the Indy 500 are not uncommon and have prompted legal action in the past. Debris from crashes such as tire fragments or car parts, poses a significant risk to guests. In 2017, a spectator was struck by debris during the race, resulting in injuries. This incident led to a lawsuit, highlighting the potential liability of event organizers and teams for injuries caused to racing fans by such hazards.

The legal basis for suing for injuries at the Indy 500 resolves around negligence. Event organizers have a duty to ensure the safety of spectators by implementing adequate safety measures and protocols. Failure to do so may constitute negligence, opening the door for legal recourse for injured parties.

Proving negligence in such cases can be complex, requiring evidence to establish that an injury was foreseeable and preventable. Factors such as the location of the spectator, the nature of the injury, and the adequacy of safety measures all play a crucial role in determining liability.

It is important to note that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has an “assumption of risk” clause in its Terms of Sale for ticket purchases. This legal provision is intended to shield event organizers and other parties from lawsuits. By purchasing a ticket and entering the Speedway, visitors may be acknowledging certain risks, thereby complicating a personal injury claim.

However, even with these terms in place, pursuing a successful lawsuit may still be possible. Your attorneys will carefully review your case and guide you through the steps of holding negligent parties accountable. Our experienced team can assess the circumstances of your case, gather evidence, and pursue compensation on your behalf through negotiation or litigation.

If you or a loved one have been injured at the Indianapolis 500, contact our office for a free consultation. You can call us at 317-636-0808 or complete the contact form provided below. We do not charge a fee unless we win your case.