Speedway is a thrilling sport that has been around for nearly a century. It involves people riding motorcycles that have been designed especially for this type of racing. Brakes are not included on these bikes and neither are gears, since they only use one.
The riders slide the bikes around an oval track, particularly on the corners to try and get ahead of their rivals.
Watching speedway is a great experience, especially if you have never seen it before. Of course nothing beats actually being there, since this is very different from watching it on television. You get the noise and the drama happening right in front of you, enabling you to really get into the thrill of the action.
How common are speedway event injuries?
Here we are not talking about injuries caused to those who are actually taking part in the race. Instead we are talking about injuries caused to people who are attending as spectators. In this situation there is the chance that someone might be injured at some time if appropriate measures have not been taken to remedy this.
Everyone who plays a role in running the speedway track and venue has a duty of care to make sure no one who attends is ever in any potential danger.
This is partly why you will usually see barriers around the track so if a motorcyclist comes off their bike there is little chance of them going into the crowd. Thankfully this kind of thing is rare, but there might still be a chance that someone might be hurt in another way.
How else might speedway event injuries occur?
In some situations someone might potentially be hurt simply by tripping, slipping or falling for some reason.
In some cases the people responsible for the track might be responsible for the injuries that occur too, since they have a duty of care to protect people. This is why risk assessments are so important.
They help identify potential hazards so they can be resolved before a race or event begins and spectators arrive.
If you have been injured while attending a speedway event within the last three years, it might be worth calling us here to find out whether a compensation claim could be a possibility.
Accident Advice Helpline has been dealing with claims for 15 years. Call 0800 689 0500 now to learn more.
Date Published: August 9, 2015
Author: Rob Steen