How to Avoid Accidents on Halloween Night

  • By lonatilaw2015
  • 20 Oct, 2016
Did you know that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motorist on Halloween night than any other day of the year?  In fact, Halloween has consistently been one of the top three days of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As children […] The post How to Avoid Accidents on Halloween Night appeared first on Lonati Law Firm, P.C..
Did you know that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motorist on Halloween night than any other day of the year?  In fact, Halloween has consistently been one of the top three days of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As children take to the streets of Georgia on Halloween night, Lonati Law Firm, P.C. is offering these tips to help both motorist and parents of trick-or-treaters keep all of the little dinosaurs, superheroes, power rangers, and princesses safe on Halloween night in your community.


  • Make sure an adult is available to supervise any children under the age of 12.
  • Plan and establish a route your trick-or-treaters will follow that night.
  • Remind your children to only trick or treat in familiar areas and only stop at well-lit houses.
  • Instruct your children not to eat any candy until getting home.
  • Make sure you child’s costume is flame-retardant and visible with the use of retro-reflective material.
  • Review safety precautions for both pedestrians and traffic safety rules.


  • Look both ways when crossing the street.
  • Use crosswalks and walk on sidewalks when possible.
  • Make eye contact with motorists before crossing in front of the car.
  • Trick or treat in groups if someone older is unavailable to go with you.
  • Wear a costume that doesn’t obstruct vision.
  • Carry a flashlight and attach retro-reflective tape to your costume.


  • Slow down and use caution when driving through residential areas.
  • Eliminate all distractions so you can better focus on the road and your surroundings.
  • Watch for children in the street, medians and curbs. Carefully look for those dressed in dark costumes. They’ll be harder see at night.
  • Use your headlights to make yourself more visible.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
If you or someone you know is injured while out trick or treating this Halloween, contact Lonati Law Firm, P.C. in Paulding County, GA for a free consultation. Our legal team is dedicated to providing our clients caring, thorough and purposeful legal representation to get them the compensation they deserve for their injuries.  Call (678) 363-3500 to schedule an appointment today.
By PatientPoint Launch 29 Sep, 2017

If you've suffered a dog bite or other form of animal attack, you may be missing out on compensation. Up to 2 million people are victims of animal attacks in the United States each year, but not many know that they could have grounds to sue. Here's our guide to what is involved with an injury case due to a dog bite or animal attack and how to find out if you should take legal action.

Once you've had the appropriate medical treatment and ensured you are protected from any diseases that may have been carried by the animal that bit you, it's time to get in touch with a legal expert. It's best to contact someone with knowledge and experience in dealing with injury cases involving animal attacks, as they will be able to advise you on the strength of your case and the actions to take to have the best chance of success. When contacting an attorney, make sure you have all the relevant details. This includes where and when the attack took place, plus the contact details of the animal owner and any witnesses. This will enable them to review the incident and put together a strong case.

Depending on which state the incident took place in, there are different laws regarding who is responsible for the attack. For example, in some states, the owners will be held responsible, even if they didn't know the animal was dangerous. In other states, you'll need to prove that the owner was aware of the animal's "dangerous propensities" or habits.

Additionally, liability can depend on whether there were sufficient warnings about the animal, such as a 'Beware of the Dog' sign. You may need to prove that you were not acting irresponsibly yourself, such as taking unnecessary risks. Another issue to consider is the age of the person who was attacked.

To find out whether you should take legal action regarding an animal bite or attack in Dallas, Georgia, get in touch with the team at Lonati Law.

By PatientPoint Launch 22 Sep, 2017

When someone slips and falls on another's property, it can set forth a chain reaction of events that lead to serious injury, claims of negligence on both sides, and time spent in court. However, many people don't completely understand the  Georgia laws  when it comes to this type of case and may act under assumptions that aren't actually correct. In this blog post, you can find out exactly what the state of Georgia says about the owner's responsibility to maintain a safe premises and the  rights of the person injured .

The Property Owner's Responsibilities

Private property owners have the responsibility to keep their premises free from obvious hazards that could cause injury to visitors. This includes those invited onto the property or those who have prior permission to be there as well as strangers who have a legitimate reason for being there. An example of this last point is if a delivery person leaves a package on your porch when you're not home. You may not have specifically said the individual could come onto the premises, but you would still be potentially  legally liable  if the person were to get hurt in the yard or on the porch. However, if a person is trespassing, the situation is treated differently.

The Injured Party's Rights

In short, if you believe you have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, you have the right to file a claim and seek compensation for damages including but not limited to lost time from work, medical bills, loss of future work, and pain and suffering.

It's important to remember that cases like these have a  statute of limitations . In Georgia, this means you only have two years to file -- four if you are seeking compensation for damage to personal property -- if you wish to pursue a personal injury claim against the property owner. Keep in mind, this is two years from the date of the incident, not the date you realized you were seriously injured. It's not uncommon -- particularly when the parties know each other -- for the issue to be downplayed and brushed off with a "no problem, I'm fine," only for the victim to realize that the injury was far more serious weeks or months later.

If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of a slip-and-fall accident you believe to be caused by unlawful negligence on the part of the property owner, you need legal counsel. At Lonati Law Firm, we can help you understand the Georgia laws and your options.

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