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How To Stay Safe During A Street Festival

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There’s nothing like a community gathering, whether it’s a food festival, arts festival, musical festival or another large gathering. It allows you to forget your troubles for a day or three, get out and about, and soak in the very best of local culture and fun.

Unfortunately, it also carries with it safety concerns. A lot of people get hurt every year when they get hit by cars crossing the street in the middle of a festival. Read about how pedestrians can avoid accidents during a festival and when you need to call on the services of a qualified car accident attorney.

Avoiding Accidents at Festivals

Avoiding accidents at festivals is largely a case of being as alert as possible. When you’re walking in the open, there’s lots of opportunities for people to become distracted and accidents to happen. You need to always assume that as safe as you are, someone else will make the wrong decision. That way you’re prepared to react if the worst happens.

Also, make absolutely certain that you are obeying all applicable laws. Even if your area grants pedestrians the right of way, you could have problems pursuing a lawsuit if, for example, you were crossing against the light or in the middle of the road, away from an intersection.

Proving Negligence

In order to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver of an automobile, you’ll need to prove that negligence was involved. Negligence means that the driver of the vehicle violated a basic duty of care towards you; that is, they are legally expected to act in a way that doesn’t put other people in needless danger, they failed to act responsibly or acted in a grossly irresponsible way, and these actions caused the accident that resulted in you getting hurt.

Festivals are chaotic and there are a lot of things that can happen which cause harm to people. People have too much to drink and get behind the wheel. People even stumble into you and knock you into traffic. Many are on their cell phones and not paying attention to what’s around them. Your best bet, as a festival goer, is to always remain alert and obey all laws, rules, and ordinances.

Seeking Damages

If you are hurt in an accident and it’s someone else’s fault, you can potentially recover a range of damages, including coverage of all your medical bills, recovery of any lost wages you suffer, or potential future earnings if your disability is long term. You can recover emotional damages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and consortium, and loss of your ability to enjoy life.

Car Accident Attorneys

Collecting these damages, however, requires help from a qualified car accident attorney. You may be up against insurance companies who will go to lengths to avoid paying your claim. You may be up against attorneys who know how to turn things back on you. A good lawyer can protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve, and they won’t collect a fee unless they win your case. If you’re in the Odessa, TX area and you need help, contact the offices of Robert White to talk about your case today.