Festival season can be very fun and exciting, and Louisiana is world-renowned for some of its festivals. Whether you attend Mardi Gras in February or the Holi festival in March, you’ll encounter vibrant crowds, parades and an increase in tourism.
Unfortunately, all of these things can also create a certain level of risk, especially when you are mixing things like alcohol, motor vehicles in a parade, and crowds of spectators that may include children. How can people stay safe during these festivals? Let’s take a look at a few tips that you should keep in mind.
Children and candy
First off, at parades where children are being thrown candy, it’s important that they know never to run after the candy and never to enter the street. Children should never fight or compete over what they can pick up. Additionally, parents should always check candy before their children eat it. It’s important for parents to remember that children will act irrationally and in an excited manner, such as darting into a street during a parade, even though this behavior is clearly dangerous.
Beware of intoxicated individuals
Since drinking – and even the use of certain drugs – is popular at some festivals, it’s important for adults to be aware that impaired or intoxicated individuals will be in attendance. A drunk driver, for instance, could cause severe injuries to pedestrians who are crossing the street. It’s very important for pedestrians to be alert and aware, and they should always cross the street at defined crosswalks. The safest ones are those that have light controls.
Other types of injuries
Finally, it is important to remember that car accidents are not the only thing that can cause injury during a festival. Some people get injured in slip-and-fall accidents. Others may get injured if they are involved in an assault. Still others could be hurt if there’s simply a surge in the crowd or something of that nature. The best way to avoid these injuries is always to be aware of the dangers around you and to seek safe locations to enjoy the festival without assuming unnecessary risks.
Legal options for injuries
Unfortunately, injuries do happen at these festivals every year, and those who have been injured due to the negligence of someone else need to know exactly what legal steps to take. Seeking legal guidance in the wake of sustaining an injury will help you to make informed choices about your legal options.