NEW YORK – Break out the grill and sausages and get ready for some football. September means football season for millions of Americans and tailgating is a staple for football fans. Whether you’re cheering on your hometown team or your alma mater, fans love their tailgates and they take a lot of pride in them.
It’s no surprise that fans spend over $12 billion on pre-game celebrations. However, some of these festivities can be extremely dangerous. A New York personal injury attorney at Cellino & Barnes warns tailgaters of what can go wrong.
“There can be 70-thousand people packed into stadium parking lots before a game in New York,” personal injury lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Whether you have hot charcoals, gas generators or alcohol, there are dangers you need to be aware of.”
In 2002, a tailgater was electrocuted and killed while setting up a pole at a tailgate. Another incident happened in in Connecticut when a truck carrying beer kegs struck three women, killing one of them.
Aside from alcohol-fueled car crashes, attorneys say tailgaters have a high risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Some vehicles and gas generators are left running and in some circumstances, these can lead to severe poisonings,” Barnes said. “Even some of the parking lots can be unsafe if they are not properly taken care of.”
New York personal injury lawyers say property owners can be held liable for an accident and it is important for parking lot attendants and managers to set strict guidelines to protect them from liability.
Unfortunately, accidents happen each year at both pro and college tailgates. Attorneys say the first step is to seek immediate medical treatment for an injury and the next step would be to contact a qualified lawyer who can help recover any costs associated with your tailgating injury.