The Frontstretch: Voices From The Cheap Seats: Fans That Sue Are No Fans At All! by Jeff Meyer -- Friday March 1, 2013

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Here it is, not even a week after the first race of the season and already it looks as if NASCAR is going to have at least three lawsuits to contend with. We’re off to a great start!

Now normally, when it comes to suing NASCAR, I am usually on the “non-NASCAR” side of the aisle. This time however, I find myself firmly entrenched in the sanctioning body’s camp.

Jeff Meyer gives us his take on the news that some of the fans injured by debris at last week’s Nationwide Series race are filing lawsuits against NASCAR.

Of course, the litigation of which I speak is none other than from a few fans that were injured during the spectacular crash in last Saturday’s Nationwide race, but here is the kicker. According to the law firm that they have hired, none of the litigious (the P word inserted here… or another name for cats, if you like) suffered life-threatening injuries! One had a broken leg, another a head injury and the third (“A”-word followed by a void in the ground) … well, the third guy/gal we’re not sure about just yet. The founder of the law firm hired was going to call the office and check it out, but he was quite sure it was not “life-threatening.”

“When you go to a sporting event, if you are underneath the basket that’s where your seat is and Shaquille O’Neal comes after a loose ball and dislocates your shoulder, you sat there knowing that was a risk,” said John Morgan, founder of Morgan and Morgan.

He went on to say that in the case of the wreck at DIS, however, the fans expected the fence to keep them safe from flying debris.

Are you (F’ing word here) kidding me?! It’s a fence, you stupid (S word with the non-tails side of a coin). It’s not a wall, or a see-through poly-carbonate shield but a fence! Complete with holes to see through and everything! What a bunch of not so bright braying donkeys! Read the back of your ticket. You assume the risk, just as I wrote earlier in the week.

While you’re at it, you big (nickname for Richard, and again, that same side of the previously mentioned coin) why not sue the driver who caused the wreck in the first place! Obviously, you wouldn’t have been injured at all if someone had a bit more talent or hadn’t been grossly negligent in controlling their vehicle!

These so-called fans are not fans at all. No, in my book you are nothing but money-grubbing scumbags! (Can I say that without getting suspended? Perhaps I should call Jeremy Clements for advice on that…)

One good thing about all this drama is, lawyers are about the only thing NASCAR has more of than rules. I hope they drag this out til… ’til… well, until the rotten (fatherless offspring… plural) kickoff!

If there is a settlement that no one is allowed to discuss, at the very least, it better include a clause that states, in effect, that “by agreeing to said terms, plaintiff is permanently banned from any and all future NASCAR events.”

I know I sure don’t want to be sitting next to you pansy donkeys! (Gee, I hope I didn’t offend any flowers or flower lovers!)

Stay off the wall (but be advised…sometimes excrement flies over it!),

Jeff Meyer

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Bad Wolf
03/01/2013 02:32 AM
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These are the new Fad Fans Nascar has been after to fill the empty seats. Back in the day the real fans would have been grinning through the pain and later wore the scars as a badge of honor.

Yvonne
03/01/2013 08:36 AM
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My guess is that it’s for medical bills, etc. But my other guess is that nascar most likely would have given them a little “something” anyway.

The really sad thing is that nascar continues to let things roll until someone dies. I bet if Bruton Smith owned Daytona and ‘dega, nascar would have made him make changes. Like just move the start/finish line.

paltex
03/01/2013 08:37 AM
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It is obvious that the fence is not capable of protecting the fans. what happens when a whole car not major parts gets into the stands? Sounds like nascar paid you to write this article. even past drivers such as Dale Jarret said that the fence and the location of the seats need to be changed. If the fence is not constructed to keep the major car parts away from the fans then nascar should be liable. when was the fence constructed? how many documented studies have been made showing the strength of the fence to retain major car parts flying thru the air. Your comments are not thought out. How would you feel if it was your son/daughter injured because nascar did not provide protection to save a few of their money grubbing dollars.

Terry
03/01/2013 08:46 AM
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I cant believe I’ve just read this article. it should be taken down right away.

Nascar owes its fans a reasonable standard of care to ensure their safety. They are not free to run a sheet metal death trap just to protect viewing angles from the grandstand.

A single fence has been proven to be in adequate on several occassions but lack of injury to those on the outside has kept attention to a minium.

Its a disgrace that better fan safety has not been a prioity. Too busy erecting massive video screens I suppose.

And what about the fans taken there by their parents, they had no choice but to be subjected to wholly inadequate safety measures that re constructed to a 1980’s standard.

I guess you are the sort of low-information person that thinks a ticket disclaimer is a legal contract.

I’m really ashamed of this site right now. Pull the article, issue an apology and put Jeff Meyer on probation for his ignorance.

Impala-#29galeh!
03/01/2013 09:45 AM
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None of the injuries were life threatening thank God.

My guess would be that Nascar would compensate the 28 people for medical bills and time lost from work. Also cost of motel rooms to those that accompanied the injured person to the race to be able to stay until the injured fan was released from hospital.

Freak accidents happen and there are times no matter what Nascar does injuries to fans can happen. If I had been there and got a broken arm/leg/head etc I would proudly say I got this injury at Daytona.

Just the mentality of the Fad Fans that 2 years from now will have moved on to something else.

Matt
03/01/2013 11:07 AM
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Just read an article where one female fan who had her leg broken and achillees tendon torn had to endure a 13 hour ride home in great pain sitting in the back seat of a pickup truck. Her leg is still too swollen to be put in a cast so I’m sure every bump in the road was agony. Given the amount of planes NASCAR owns, don’t you think they should have flown her to an air strip near her home? Sorry, plate racing is at the root here and NASCAR knew this was going to happen one day.
If your dog bites me after you let it run free, I’d sue you. It doesn’t mean I don’t love dogs, and it doesn’t make me a money grubbin SOB. I’m just not spending my hard earned money to pay medical bills I incurred due to your negligence.

Jeff Meyer - FS staff
03/01/2013 01:04 PM
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Terry is obviously NOT a loong time reader of my column!

Kevin
03/01/2013 02:03 PM
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Accidents happen. If NASCAR, or ISC pays the hospital bills, time off work, and a little extra, I am fine with that. What bothers me is lawyers trying to such every penny out of a corporation. A couple thousand dollars above medical treatment, hotel costs for rest of party, and rehab/lost time from work, and free tickets to a future race is completely reasonable. not a person making millions off the incident.

John
03/01/2013 03:55 PM
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The worst article ever written. never coming back to this pathetic website

Jeff Meyer FS Staff
03/01/2013 05:15 PM
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John, John, John…..Check my archives! Surely you can find one you dislike even more!

But seriously folks…it sure is sad to be so narrow minded that you throw out the baby with the bathwater,so to speak, just because you disagree with my OPINION!

jo-jr
03/03/2013 09:51 AM
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I agree with terry,100%! that fence was not strong enought,and should have been taken care of when carl , tried to put brad in the wall, at Taladega! When you buy, a ticket,you acept the risk of some things, but certainly, not a car coming, thru a fence, that was not built strong enough!Jeff, you need to go back and rewrite your article!!

Chris T.
03/05/2013 10:49 PM
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You, Sir, are an insensitive, uncaring, narrow-minded ASS.
That’s MY opinion.

Jeff Meyer FS Staff
03/05/2013 11:01 PM
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You, Chris T….
Are certainly welcome to have that opinion.
I explained my position in my previous article that is linked in this one, before anyone even announced any lawsuits. I hope you read that as well.
Either way, Chris, I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read and respond and feel free to contact me anytime!

 

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