• Lawsuits stem from Daytona International Speedway crash


    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Some fans hurt in the Saturday's crash at Daytona International Speedway have obtained legal counsel and appear to be ready to sue following the crash Saturday that sent several spectators to the hospital.

    Thirty-three people were injured when a car came flying into the catch-fence along the grandstands during a Nationwide series race.

    Channel 9's Anthony DiLorenzo learned that a customer service representative from NASCAR has been to the hospital nearly every day since the accident, making sure the seven victims still hospitalized are comfortable. They've even brought in drivers Tony Steward and Scott Lagasse, Jr.

    But some fans appear to be looking for more than a visit from a NASCAR driver.

    "No fan assumes the risk of a car flying in the stands and suffering a significant injury," said attorney Matt Morgan.

    But that's exactly what happened at the speedway on Saturday.

    Spectators were hit by pieces of the wrecked race car flying through the catch fence.

    Three days later three victims are home and have hired Morgan to help wage a legal fight.

    He said he will focus on the manufacturers of the 22-foot high fence.

    "What we have to investigate -- what was done and was there a safer fence that wasn't put in place because of monetary considerations?" said Morgan.

    Eyewitness News legal analyst Bill Sheaffer believes they have a case.

    "You showed the track was negligent in protecting from danger, one, or two, sue the company over the product's liability," said Sheaffer.

    But there are other victims who said they are satisfied with NASCAR's bedside manner.

    Eddie Huckaby is hospitalized with a leg laceration. He's gotten visits from race car drivers.

    "How can you get a lawyer when you don't know what they're going to take care of? Got to see what, how they're going to treat you first," said Terry Huckaby, Eddie's brother.

    Huckaby said that NASCAR has not offered his family any compensation since Saturday. He said they have just made sure everyone is comfortable while recovering in the hospital.

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