On the eve of Halloween, a San Francisco toddler was injured while crossing the street. The pedestrian accident occurred while the girl was in a cross walk in the city’s Laurel Heights neighborhood. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for her severe head injuries.
This accident underscores the dangers and need for safety during Halloween when many kids are out trick-or-treating. Drivers need to be especially cautious and be on the look out for increased numbers of pedestrians crossing the road.
In fact, statistics show that emergency room visits on Halloween sky-rocket, as the result of several different types of accidents. In addition to pedestrian accidents, many drunk driving accidents occur – including single car crashes and multi vehicle incidents. Further, burn accidents may occur from jack-o-lanterns and candles. Trick-or-treaters may suffer injuries as the result of dangerous and/or hazardous property conditions. Homeowners have a duty to maintain their walkways, steps, porches, etc. in a reasonably safe condition. If a trick-or-treater is injured, he or she may be able to file a premises liability claim and recover damages. Trick or treaters may also be susceptible to dog-bites where homeowners fail to properly restrain a pet.
For more information or if you or a loved one have suffered any type of personal injury, please contact the experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.