Street festivals are a great way to get out and meet new people as well as engage in one’s hobbies while lapping up experiences that you’ll look back fondly to as you grow older. Pedestrians are usually in full swing during festivals in Northwest Indiana, making it more likely for them to get injured in a plethora of ways.
Children are especially vulnerable to suffering injury when it comes to street festivals. Statistics state that 1 in 5 injuries children’s deaths that can be attributed to traffic accidents are due to pedestrian accidents. In addition, the elderly, due to slow reflexes, poor vision and hearing are also prone to accidents in such environments.
Here are some street festival safety tips to keep you safe:
- Always assume the worst. Street festivals don’t give you much leeway in terms of anticipating the movement of people and vehicles, so you should always be on the lookout for careless or drunk drivers in these kinds of environments.
- Always cross the road at the designated marked crosswalk. Given the special circumstances surrounding street festivals, it’s advisable to take cues from traffic officer who may be stationed in this area so you know when it’s safe to cross the street.
- If you’re stationed at a parking lot, keep an eye out for cars backing out of the driveway. Due to the celebrations and noise, you may not hear the honk of a car or rumble of an engine in a parking lot full of cars, some of which may be leaving the area.
Proving Liability in a Northwest Indiana Street Festival Injury
Proving liability for an accident sustained at a street festival in Northwest Indiana is the key to getting compensated. We as a Northwest Indiana injury law firm must definitively prove via a preponderance of the evidence that another driver or individual acted in a negligent manner (perhaps they were drunk, on their phone, did not use signals or did not obey traffic rules), thereby causing your accident.
It is important to act fast and get in touch with us on the same day you sustain an accident so that we can work hard at preserving evidence and collecting witness testimony while it is still fresh. If we find that you have a case, you may be able to collect money damages to cover treatment costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.