Crashworthiness: Amazing Video of Texas Motor Speedway Crash

This is simply amazing video of the crash of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Michael McDowell Friday during qualifying races for Sunday’s Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The fact that McDowell walked away is a testament to the design of these vehicles. Since we just did crashworthiness cases in class, I thought this is an interesting example of how far this technology has gone. In Larsen v. General Motors, 391 F.2d 495 (8th Cir. 1968), the court held that accidents and collisions are foreseeable for vehicle manufacturers and that designs must therefore be reasonably crashworthy.

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