Hampton Racing Track Accident Leads to $3 Million Dollar Settlement for Brain Injury
The company that runs a Hampton racetrack and a businessman who held a special racing event there for amateurs have settled a lawsuit brought by a driver who suffered a traumatic brain injury at the track nearly four years ago.
The Daily Press reported on how Victory Lane Motorsports LLC, which operates Langley Speedway, and Mike Southard, who ran the traveling amateur racing event, have agreed to pay $3 million to settle the negligence lawsuit brought by the family of Naser Mowfy, who was severely injured in a 2011 crash at the track.
Mowfy, 53, of Chesapeake, drove one of the stock cars owned by “Try It Racing,” which allows amateurs to drive or ride in race cars at various tracks around the state, when he lost control of the car, hit an apron, skidded across the grassy infield, and struck a wall on the opposite side of the track. The impact caused the driver’s seat to rise up, with Mowfy striking his head on part of the car’s interior. Although he was wearing a racing helmet, Mowfy suffered a skull fracture and was left with permanent brain damage after 19 days in a coma.
Mowfy, who emigrated to the United States from Egypt in 1984, once ran his own heating and air conditioning business, and also installed security cameras. While he is still highly intelligent, Mowfy now has the emotional age of a young teenager, the report stated. He is impulsive and requires constant supervision. He cannot live the same life that he used to. The lawsuit accused both Victory Lane and Southard of negligence regarding the amateur racing event, including the accusation that the car involved in the accident was defective.
Mowfy’s lawyers contended the car did not have the same safety mechanisms that are required for all NASCAR-sanctioned cars. Though this was not a NASCAR event, they contend that it was marketed as one. “They promoted it as a NASCAR-type racing experience, where you invite the public to drive a NASCAR-type car,” said David Holt, a lawyer who worked on the case. “So they should have had NASCAR-type safety to protect that driver from impacts.”
I congratulate the Smith Law Center for the settlement it reached for the Mowfy family. All cases are different and we cannot guarantee the same result in another case with similar circumstances.
This was a tragic accident that could have been prevented. If you sustain a traumatic brain injury from the negligence of another party, please seek immediate medical assistance and then call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at 757 455 0077. Also check out our Virginia brain injury page. When it really counts, count on Cooper Hurley.