Racing has been a highly popular sport for human beings virtually throughout our history. There have been archeological findings that have revealed that human beings started to race on foot, and pretty soon when horses and camels were domesticated we started to race on them as well so that we could find out who the fastest person in the world was without a shadow of a doubt. That said, the most popular form of racing at this current point in time does to involve horses, but rather cars.
As a result of the fact that this is the case, a racing accident that might occur in this modern day and age might be significantly more devastating than any kind of accident that might have occurred in the past. In order to better understand this, you need only to look at the single worst accident in the history of automobile racing. It happened at La Mans in France in the year 1955, well before various safety precautions had been put in place that would have prevented such an accident or at least made it so that it would have been a great deal less destructive than it actually ended up being.
This accident caused a lot of destruction and many people got injured. The driver of the car was killed in the crash, and this lead to a lot of reforms in the world of racing. This type of crash has become a lot less common these days because we now know the dangers that come with this sport and are more than willing to put precautions in place that can reduce the amount of damage that such things can cause.