Rally event organisers are required by law to ensure participants and spectators are protected as much against accidental injuries as possible. The very nature of such events does mean, however, that the risk of sustaining personal injuries is ever present even for spectators.
Spectators may suffer injuries at rally events in several different ways. Vehicles driving at high speeds over often rough terrain may fling up stones, pieces of wood and other hard objects they happen to drive over. Catapulting such objects into watching crowds at high speeds may lead to cuts, bruises or abrasions. It is also possible for spectators to suffer eye injuries or even be blinded by flying debris.
Vehicle collisions during rally events may also result in mirror fragments; bits of metal or glass, and other bits and pieces of damaged cars being thrown into the crowd. Possible injuries here are similar to those mentioned above. Then, of course, there is the risk of crashing vehicles slamming into or perhaps even over protective barriers. If those barriers are not strong enough or inadequately secured, spectators may suffer potentially very serious injuries by being hit by a car.
Road traffic accidents
Suffering injuries in traffic accidents caused by another road user may entitle the injured party/parties to claim for driver or passenger injury compensation. In a similar manner, if you were injured at a rally through no fault of your own, you too, may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
This also applies to injuries sustained by slipping, tripping or falling at rallies. Again, organisers have the responsibility to ensure trip and slip hazards are kept at a minimum in all areas during the event. This includes making sure car parks and pavements or paths; drink and food outlets, washrooms and other facilities are all free of hazards potentially causing slip, trip or fall injuries.
Claiming for compensation
Getting started with claims for compensation is as easy as picking up the phone and calling Accident Advice Helpline. The advice line is available every day of the week, 24 hours a day. Friendly and knowledgeable, the advisors working for this law firm are extremely helpful and will keep any details they are provided with in strictest confidentiality. Claimants are assisted throughout the process of claiming by experienced Accident Advice Helpline solicitors on a firm no win no fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice