At least five people died and more than 40 were injured when a concert stage collapsed during a storm at a state fair in Indianapolis. Many of those injured were said to have suffered brain injuries and broken bones.
The cause of the collapse has been attributed partly to a sudden gust of wind that toppled the rigging and caused the steel scaffolding to fall into the front section of the audience. According to witnesses, moments before the storm struck an announcement was made that severe weather was possible and instructions were given to the crowd on what to do if an evacuation was required.
Some speculate that the failure to adequately secure a concert stage rigging caused its collapse in the face of strong winds. In situations like this, concert promoters are typically responsible for providing the staging and may bear some responsibility for the tragic events. Much speculation has arisen in regards to whether concert promoters were aware of the potential dangerous weather that day. According to the article, Indianapolis Tragedy Not a Fluke, meteorologists maintained that the threat of damaging and powerful winds was known days before the fair. In fact, a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for all of central Indiana on the day of the event.
If the whether was foreseeable, as stated by numerous meteorologists, then the question remains – was appropriate outdoor stage rigging in place?
Our Chicago personal injury attorneys at Levin and Perconti have extensive experience fighting for the injured and their families. When preventable events like this occur and people are injured or even killed, it is important for them to have access to the courts to seek compensation for the harms caused. The first step is to find someone to talk to who can advise them of their rights. Our team of Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin and Perconti is familiar with handling all types of accident lawsuits, including legal situations like this when victims are seriously hurt because of the negligence of others.
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