Halloween is a day that some people wait for all year. Whether you plan your costume and begin preparations months in advance, simply enjoy spending the evening with friends or family, or do not observe the holiday, you should act with heightened vigilance on this festive day. In addition to bringing fun for many, Halloween unfortunately also brings an increased risk for slips, falls, collisions, and other dangerous accidents.
If you or your child suffers an injury on Halloween, it is important to understand your legal rights and the legal responsibilities of others. For example, if your injury was the result of a dangerous condition on someone’s premises, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injury-related losses. Both and residential property owners can be held liable for premises-related injuries; and, since homeowner’s insurance covers most liability claims, you do not need to be worried filing a claim for injuries sustained on a friend’s or neighbor’s property.
With these considerations in mind, here are five common causes of Halloween-related injuries for which victims and parents can often seek financial compensation.
1. Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries
Slip or trip and fall incidents can cause serious injuries including concussions and broken bones. These types of accidents can become more likely at night – especially on Halloween, when lighting may intentionally be limited. Halloween decorations, sidewalks crowded with partiers and trick-or-treaters, and other factors all can lead to an increased risk of fall-related injuries on Halloween as well.
2. Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Although drivers should know to be particularly cautious on Halloween, we still see numerous reports of pedestrian accidents each year. While pedestrians can help protect themselves by looking both ways for oncoming vehicles – especially around dusk when Halloween festivities typically begin – careless drivers can present extreme risks and put pedestrians in situations where they are unable to avoid serious injuries.
3. Injuries from Distracted Driving Accidents
From looking at Halloween decorations and costumes to checking GPS directions and communicating on the phone, distracted driving is a major concern on Halloween. There is no excuse for distracted driving, and drivers who cause injuries because they are not focused on the road deserve to be held fully accountable.
4. Injuries from Drunk Driving Accidents
As with all holidays, Halloween is a time when we typically see a higher-than-usual number of alcohol-related car accidents. Just like there is no excuse for driving while distracted, there is no excuse for driving while impaired.
5. Injuries due to Inadequate Security
Haunted houses, movie theatres, bars, nightclubs, and other businesses that cater to people celebrating Halloween must take appropriate measures to protect their customers from unnecessary injuries. Inadequate security is another issue that exists 365 days a year but tends to result in a disproportionate number of avoidable injuries on Halloween.
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We hope you are able to enjoy a fun and safe Halloween; but, if you are not, we encourage you to standing up for your legal rights. To speak with me, Brian D. Guralnick, personally your case, please call 561.202.MORE(6673) today.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.