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Accidents Risks on Halloween

Halloween should be a fun time for celebrations, but it can also be a nightmare for many people and families who suffer accidents and injuries. If you or your child are injured, contact a Matthews personal injury lawyer. 

Halloween is a holiday that people of all ages look forward to. It is a time for costumes, candy, and spooky revelry, and most people celebrate and make it home with only a sugar-induced headache. Others, however, end up in the emergency room with serious – and possible life-changing injuries. This is because this holiday also presents unique risks. If you or your child suffers injuries this Halloween, you should get the medical attention you nee, and then contact a Matthews personal injury attorney

Pedestrian Accidents

On Halloween, children look forward to walking around their neighborhoods in costumes, collecting candy from homes. Even though Halloween might look different in 2020 with precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic, many people might still be out and about in hopes of showing their children the best possible time. 

When more people are out walking after dark than usual, especially when it overlaps with evening traffic. This can lead to more pedestrian accidents than almost any other day of the year. Often, drivers are distracted or speeding, and they cannot stop in time to avoid hitting a child or parent and causing catastrophic injuries. 

Drunk Driving Accidents

While kids look forward to candy, many adults plan to attend parties or costume contests in establishments. When they do so, it is likely that many people will indulge in some alcoholic beverages, and some of them might try to drive their vehicles home afterward. This leads to an increase in drunk driving, and drunk drivers can cause serious crashes. 

While drunk drivers can be arrested and charged with impaired driving, criminal penalties rarely fully compensate injured accident victims for their losses.  Victims must take civil action to seek compensation for their losses and hold drunk drivers accountable, and they should do so with the help of an experienced attorney.

Property Hazards

Part of the fun of Halloween is putting up spooky decorations. Stores stock their shelves with seasonal decor, and many property owners take the time to decorate their homes or businesses. While this is festive, it can also present new risks of accidents and injuries. People can slip and fall on items in walkways, they might suffer burns from candles and Jack-o-lanterns, they might get hit by decorations that fall down, and more. 

Defective Products

People purchase costumes and accessories for Halloween each year, and there is always the chance that something might be defective or unreasonably dangerous. When products malfunction or do not come with proper warnings or instructions, they can cause injuries to users. Manufacturers should be liable for any medical bills and other losses that result.

Speak with a Matthews Personal Injury Lawyer Right Away

The Panchenko Law Firm wishes everyone a Happy Halloween, but we are also ready to help in the event that you or someone in your family suffers injuries. Call (704) 900-7675 or contact us online for a free case evaluation and to discuss how a Matthews personal injury lawyer can assist you. 

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