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Wrongful death lawsuits filed following California race accident

Four wrongful death suits have been filed against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, a race car driver, and race promoters following a tragic race accident that killed eight audience members and injured several dozen others. The accident occurred when one driver in the race lost control of his Ford Ranger vehicle during a turn, and rolled the car into the spectator area during a race held in California on Aug. 14, 2010.

The mother of the driver has filed a lawsuit against the race promoters and the Bureau of Land Management for the pain and suffering she claims she experienced while watching her son's involvement in the accident. Other wrongful death lawsuits have been filed by the surviving family members of the victims of the crash.

According to the complaints, the Bureau of Land Management allegedly failed to adhere to the correct permit process when authorizing the race, and the promoters failed to properly manage the event. The plaintiffs also claim that spectators were not properly protected from the accident, and were not supposed to be in the area where they were at the time of the accident, called the pit. According to the lawsuit, adhering to proper safety guidelines could have prevented the deaths and injuries that stemmed from the accident.

The driver of the Ford Ranger survived the crash and noted his "devastation and sincere apology" on a social media page the next day.

The plaintiffs are suing for strict liability, wrongful death, personal injury, and negligence, among other claims. They are seeking undisclosed damage amounts.

Source: Courthouse News Service, "Wrongful-Death Suit in Off-Road Race Crash," Dan McCue, Sept. 19, 2011

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