Far from the Madding Crowd: A Statutory Solution to Crowd Crush

dc.creatorPearl, Tracy
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-21T15:31:57Z
dc.date.available2017-04-21T15:31:57Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.description.abstractCrowd-related injuries and deaths occur with surprising frequency in the United States. In recent years, crowd members in the United States have sustained significant injuries and even fatalities at concerts, sporting events, “doorbuster” sales, nightclubs, and large festivals. While some of these incidents have prompted victims to file negligence suits against event organizers and venue owners, common law has proven to be ineffective at addressing “crowd crush.” Indeed, courts have repeatedly held for defendants in these cases, making a series of scientific and legal errors in the process, therefore providing little incentive for organizers and owners to improve their crowd management practices. Additionally, ad hoc crowd management efforts on the part of a few concerned promoters and venues have done little to reduce the risk of crowd-related injuries in cities and states as a whole. In this paper, I argue that state and local adoption of crowd management statutes is the only remaining solution that can effectively reduce the number of crowd crush injuries and fatalities in the United States each year. Because there are currently no such laws in this country, I propose a model statute that draws upon fundamental principles of crowd science in requiring event organizers and venue owners to take a series of relatively simple steps both in advance and during large gatherings that will drastically reduce the likelihood of crowd crush.en_US
dc.identifier.citation68 Hastings L.J. 159 (2016)en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2346/72475
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.subjectcrowd controlen_US
dc.subjectcrowd crushen_US
dc.subjectcrowd managementen_US
dc.subjectcrowd scienceen_US
dc.subjecttortsen_US
dc.subjectnegligenceen_US
dc.subjectmodel statuteen_US
dc.subjectfestival seatingen_US
dc.subjectHillsboroughen_US
dc.titleFar from the Madding Crowd: A Statutory Solution to Crowd Crushen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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