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Will speedway and driving school face premises liability claims?

Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey is where a company called Green Flag Driving Experience teaches people how to drive three-quarter midget race cars. As such, the speedway and the instruction company are responsible for the safety of the students. When an accident occurs involving someone who is not a professional race car driver, they (or their surviving family after a fatal accident) may be entitled to file a premises liability claim against the parties deemed responsible.

This could happen in connection with a recent accident at the Speedway that took the life of a student driver. The 21-year-old woman was part of Green Flag's three-quarter midget racing class for novices. As the name implies, the three-quarter car is only 75 percent as big as a full midget car. Their small size, however, does not mean they are not fast. They can reach speeds of more than 90 mph.

As the woman raced around the track in the 650 pound open-wheel vehicle, it slammed into the wall at the second turn. Emergency personnel transported the woman to a hospital in the area. Unfortunately, her injuries were too severe, and she succumbed to them nearly an hour after the accident.

As her family grieves, an investigation may be conducted to determine what liability, if any, the Speedway and/or Green Flag have in connection with the accident. Meanwhile, her family is fully entitled to assess the viability of a premises liability claim against the Speedway and Green Flag. If it is determined that the parties were negligent in a way that caused or contributed to her death, a New Jersey court may award damages to the family, such as funeral and burial costs, medical expenses and any other damages allowed under applicable laws.

Source: app.com, "Woman killed in crash at Wall Speedway identified", Nicholas Huba, Sherlon Christie and Ken Serrano, Aug. 16, 2014

Source: app.com, "Woman killed in crash at Wall Speedway identified", Nicholas Huba, Sherlon Christie and Ken Serrano, Aug. 16, 2014

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