Spectator Injured In Huge Daytona Crash Settles NASCAR Lawsuit

Photo credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images
Photo credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Spectator William Fulton settled his lawsuit against NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway, and the track’s parent company International Speedway Corporation, reports ESPN. Fulton was allegedly injured by debris from a massive last-lap crash that sent Austin Dillon’s car into the catch fence.

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Fulton filed the paperwork to drop the lawsuit on Thursday after reaching a confidential out-of-court settlement last Tuesday. He claimed that he had been hit in the head and shoulder while shielding his wife from the crash. Fulton was sitting in Row 6 at Daytona.

Fulton did not specify how he was injured in the lawsuit or request a specific amount in damages—he only specified that he had not completely recovered from those injuries.

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While we likely will not know the details of the settlement, ESPN notes that tracks are required by NASCAR to carry $50 million in liability insurance in case of situations like this.

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I just don’t understand the litigious society we live in. A similar thing happened at my local short track this year. A fan was hit by debris during a Supermodified race. I’m unsure if the track covered his medical expenses, but the guy didn’t sue the track and was back 2 weeks later (albeit a few rows higher than before).

Sometimes bad stuff happens, and as long as ISC/NASCAR were willing to fairly compensate for medical expenses, lost wages, ect. (They’d be foolish not to as this can be a PR nightmare), then why the lawsuit?