Motor rallying events draw enthusiastic crowds to noisy circuits right across the UK. There is something so thrilling about getting up close to these vehicles as drivers and co-drivers employ considerable skill to steer their speedy cars across some extremely challenging road conditions. While the primary objective of anyone going to spectate at these events is to enjoy the racing, it is important to appreciate all the safety aspects. It is all too easy for these twisting and turning cars to slide erratically on the uneven terrain, especially if there has been any rainfall that will make the tracks especially muddy.
Thankfully, you are statistically very unlikely to receive an injury at a rally event, but you should always be aware of the potential for collisions that could very well have serious consequences. Spectator areas will be clearly marked, and new regulations stipulate that public parts of the race-course are graded according to degrees of risk, as well as being strictly controlled by marshals. Never be tempted to stray too close to the track to get a better view – it would be far more sensible to invest in binoculars, or a camera with a decent zoom lens.
What factors should spectators be aware of?
There are steps you can take to ensure your safety prior to heading off to any event. The weather is all-important, as wet ground will have considerable impact on the ability of drivers to control cars. It will also affect you as you move over the course to get a decent vantage point. Remember, if you were to receive an injury at a rally event, if it can be proved that there was negligence on behalf of the organisers, then you may well have a very strong case to seek compensation
Could Accident Advice Helpline support a no win, no fee compensation claim?
Of course. Phone our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 today to put yourself in the capable hands of one of our team of skilled advisers. Accident Advice Helpline has been successfully championing compensation claims for over 14 years. We’ll ask some basic questions in order to establish that the injury wasn’t your fault, and happened within the past three years. The advice we provide is free, with no obligation to proceed, and in the majority of cases the claimant won’t even have to go to court.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown