Tragedy hits Racing World

On October 16, 2011, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, was killed in a multicar crash at the Las Vegas Indy 300. A Sports Illustrated writer named Jon Wertheim said, "[th]e fact of the matter is, you're dealing with very, very fast automobiles. They're not heavy cars. ... There is, unfortunately, an assumption of risk when you get into one of those race cars." Wheldon was amongst the middle of all the cars when he drove right into all of the other cars crashing into each other. His car clipped another which caused his vehicle to fly into the air and burst into flames as it crashed into a fence. The accident happened after only 11 laps out of 200. Before the race even started there was a fear that the high-speed (the cars were going 225 mph during practice) and the crowded track (34 cars) would cause aggressive driving early on.

The pile up began when two of the cars touched tires and no one behind them had time to react. Two hours after the crash, announcers told the audience that Wheldon had passed due to unsurvivable injuries. The race track was very emotional and other drivers and the audience were seen with visible tears. In his honor, the other drivers made a 5 lap salute on the 1.5 mile oval track. Two other drivers had to stay in the hospital overnight due to their injuries.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Tell Us About Your Serious Injuries

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

San Jose Office
2007 West Hedding Street
Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95128

Phone: 408-292-2434
Fax: 408-292-1264
San Jose Law Office Map

Montery Office
2600 Garden Road
Montery, CA 93940

Phone: 831-620-1212
Montery Law Office Map