Most people would reason that the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve and Memorial Days would be some of the most dangerous holidays. However have you ever considered the dangers that lurk on Halloween eve? In 2016, 107 people died on the roads the night of Oct. 31, and 21% of those killed were pedestrians. Believe it or not, October is the second deadliest month on the roads. With crowds of excited trick-or-treaters and their parents expected in neighborhoods around the country, caution is urged for all out on the roads.
Most crash-related fatalities for pedestrians occur when it is dark and pedestrian fatalities spike during Halloween night in particular. Increased pedestrian traffic, alcohol consumption, lower visibility from costumes and masks, as well as shorter daylight hours, increase the risk.
Aside from car accident injuries there are other ways that people are injured on Halloween. Slip and fall injuries occur very often. Our VA personal injury lawyers know that some falls can result in brain trauma and other serious injuries. If homeowners invite trick-or-treaters, or any guests, onto their property on Halloween, they are legally responsible for their safety. "Premises liability" means that if a visitor is injured on someone's property, and the property owner is found to be at fault, then the property owner is liable.
If you or a loved one was injured this Halloween take action and explore your rights. No child or parent should be harmed by someone else’s negligence on a day that is meant for fun and family. Our experienced personal injury lawyers know that in order to win a premises liability (slip and fall) case in Virginia (VA), a Virginia Beach personal injury attorney must prove that the premises owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition that caused your fall, and that you as the injured person could not have seen or appreciated the slip, trip or fall risk before you fell. This creates a narrow set of circumstances under which a person can expect to have a successful case, but an experienced attorney can help you understand if your case fits the right criteria.