Attorneys for the mega country duo act Sugarland may have unwittingly put a stake through the heart of their musical careers. Apparently attorneys feel that some of the blame for the carnage that occurred after the Sugarland stage collapsed is squarely on those who were killed or injured. I don't know about anyone else, but I think people who attend concerts should have a reasonable expectation that their safety has been considered by those promoting them.
As we know, those reasonable expectations were not considered if the allegations are correct that the stage that night was improperly rigged. Now I am no expert in the field of outside attraction engineering, but I do know that there are many materials available and suitable for outdoor concerts. I also know that there are accepted standards when it comes to constructing an outdoor stage and what they should be able to withstand from a weather event. How attorneys, then, could suggest that fans of Sugarland placed themselves into imminent danger or must assume some of the blame just doesn't hold water in my opinion.
Look, no one could foresee the magnitude of a weather event with clear certainty, although Indiana State Fair officials were well aware of the possibility of 70 mile per hour winds just prior to the collapse. Okay the lawyers may have a right to invoke an Act of God defense, but that doesn't mean that relieves promoters or artists from taking certain precautions. The bottom line here is that bad weather does, in fact, occur and they must be prepared for that likelihood and/or emergency contingencies.
Now, I am sure most concert goers could attest to the realization that some places are clearly better than others for entertainment. But it is no accident that those places which have the best reputations are also the same ones who place a high value on the safety and comfort of their customers.
Whether the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair could have been averted is anyone's guess. However, what needs to be answered here is whether or not shortcuts were taken. And that includes everything from stage rigging to sufficient warning being given attendees by Fair Officials to clear the area after learning of the winds in the area.
I have no doubts that there is enough blame to go around but I certainly wouldn't put on those who attended -
especially those killed or hurt!
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