Throughout the year, Elk Grove and surrounding areas hold local events for residents and visitors to enjoy. From holiday parades to farmers’ markets to food truck festivals, there is plenty to keep folks busy and entertained. Local events are planned to promote a sense of community and fun, and they usually do. However, they also pose a risk for injury.
If venues or sponsors do not take care to promote safety along with fun, attendees can suffer the consequences. If your day or night of intended fun at a local festival ends with an injury, connect with an Elk Grove personal injury lawyer from Triumph Law, who will help you pursue compensation for the damages you or a loved one sustains.
How Local Events and Festivals Increase Risk for Injury
Some reasons we go to local events are festivals are also “natural” causes of elevated injury risks. For example, we attend these events to be among the community, to see friends and neighbors, meet others, or even see a famous (or at least locally famous) act.
With more people come more opportunities for injury. People among even the most well-behaved crowds can experience injuries if there is a lack of crowd control and direction. Pathways, area markers, and other boundaries help keep the walking traffic moving safely. If the event involves vendors, lines can become unruly, even when the people on them are polite, if ropes or other equipment are not in place to keep those lines orderly.
The grounds for a local event are likely to cover a large area to accommodate the guests. Keeping these grounds safe throughout the event can be challenging. Of course, sponsors need to ensure the area is devoid of hazards before the event begins, and they are not off the hook once the event begins.
However, as more people congregate, there are more opportunities for the grounds to develop dangers. They could come through debris, trash, spilled food or drinks that present slipping hazards, or even wear and tear on fences, stairs, chairs, or other structures guests may lean, step, or sit on. Event organizers have to monitor the grounds overall and must have plans in place to take care of developing dangers quickly.
If those responsible for your safety fail to uphold that duty, a personal injury attorney in Elk Grove can help you hold them accountable for compensating you for your losses.
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Some Events Present More Risks than Others
While any type of event brings increased risk for crowd or grounds-related injury, other factors can elevate those risks.
Festivals that emphasize or encourage significant alcohol consumption may produce more injuries than alcohol-free festivals. Some music concerts may draw a more alcohol-oriented crowd, as do bar- or brewery-hopping events.
People are less careful and less coordinated when under the influence and may become more aggressive, impulsive, or combative. People are responsible for their own well-being and their own injuries, even when under the influence. However, if their intoxication causes someone else injury, they can be held responsible.
Family-friendly events tend to be calmer gatherings. Other festivals may attract rowdier crowds. Those in these groups can fall into a “mob mentality,” leading individual safety to become a casualty of stage-rushing, trampling, mosh-pit dancing, crowd-surfing, or other unruly behaviors.
Any of these factors, alone or in combination, can open the door to fights and other security issues that ultimately lead to injury.
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Personal Injuries Sustained at Local Events or Festivals
Local events or festivals can produce a variety of injuries, though some are more common in these circumstances than others.
Slips or Falls
Poor planning, preparation, and inadequate maintenance of event grounds can prompt slip, trip, or fall incidents. Though many only suffer minor injuries from these events–scraped knees or palms or a bruise–others sustain serious damage.
Falls are a major cause of broken bones, soft tissue strains, sprains, or tears. They also cause injuries to the brain and head. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cites falls as the cause of half of traumatic brain injury (TBI) hospitalizations.
If fights break out and there is not enough security on hand to control the problem, people get hurt. Bruises, concussions, broken bones, lacerations, and internal organ damage may result from these altercations. To avoid the chaos, some attendees may look to flee the scene. If any individuals fall in that rush, they can be trampled and crushed underfoot.
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Even slow-moving vehicles can cause terrible damage to bystanders and pedestrians. Parades typically involve floats, fire trucks, other emergency vehicles, and classic cars. If drivers lose control, if a vehicle malfunctions, or if a driver’s visibility is compromised, bystanders can be hit and badly hurt.
Broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue damage, and many other injuries are possible.
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What to Do If You Are a Victim of These Heightened Risks
If you have sustained an injury at a local event or festival in Elk Grove or areas nearby, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Reach out to Triumph Law, and an Elk Grove personal injury attorney from our team will review your case and tell you your options.
When someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, they can be held liable and required to pay you a settlement to cover your losses and meet your future accident-related expenses. Your attorney will investigate the situation to identify the liable party. Possible liable parties include event planners, security personnel, specific vendors, or other attendees.
While investigating to identify the negligent party, your attorney will also collect evidence to prove that party’s liability and support your settlement demand. From there, your personal injury lawyer in Elk Grove will manage all discussions with the at-fault party’s representatives to ensure you are treated fairly, and those responsible for your suffering are held accountable.
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When the event or party ends with an injury, Triumph Law is here for you. Scheduling a free consultation just takes a call or a message. Partner with an experienced, attentive Elk Grove personal injury lawyer from our team to get the compensation you deserve.