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The Fun (and Dangers) of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Posted by Jimmy Sunosky | Feb 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

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March is an eventful time of the year – St. Patrick's Day, Spring Break, and March Madness make it a fun month.   Beginning March 3-22, 2020, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) will be in Houston bringing even more fun to enjoy with family and friends.  From Bar-B-Que contests and carnival rides and games to world class rodeo and a nightly line-up of entertainers, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has something for everyone. According to KHOU 11 in Houston, “no single event draws a crowd as massive as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.”  Last year, more than 2.5 million people attended the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  More are expected this year.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a great event to be with family and friends, but, like other large events, can be dangerous.  While Houston Rodeo officials and the 30,000+ volunteers do their best to make it a safe experience, accidents happen.  For example:

  • In 2011, a 47-year old man died after falling 30 feet out of a roller coaster and hitting another man below. 

  • In 2012, a young girl was allowed to ride a carnival ride with her young brother, rather than an adult.  She slipped out of her seat when the ride starting moving and sustained injuries.

  • In 2013, a woman sustained catastrophic head injuries when she was thrown from a golf cart shuttle that made a sharp left turn.

According to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, the presence of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo makes March “one of the most dangerous, deadly times” of the year.  Last year, Houston Police Department arrested 535 people suspected of driving while under the influence.  The year before, 426 DWI-related arrests were made.  KHOU 11 reports police are expecting even more arrests this year.

Even more, police will be out in force to make sure the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will be a safe environment for those at the Rodeo and those leaving.  The following is a statement from Houston Rodeo officials:

"The safety of our Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ guests is always our highest priority. More than 1,000 law enforcement officers are employed during the Rodeo from multiple departments including the Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff's Office and METRO Police Department, all of whom can enforce any and all laws, including public intoxication laws on our grounds. We work closely with law enforcement year-round to incorporate additional measures to ensure the safety of our guests. All of our bartenders and volunteers who are in Hospitality Services are TABC certified. The Rodeo works closely with TABC to ensure all servers receive TABC training and are prepared to identify and prevent sales of alcoholic beverages to intoxicated individuals. We do not promote overconsumption of alcohol and encourage our guests to utilize rideshare and public transportation options."

Contact Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP for help.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a fun event to enjoy with your family and friends.  However, if you or a loved one suffers an injury, the top-rated Houston Carnival Ride Attorneys, Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys and Personal Injury Attorneys at Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP can help.

We work only on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no up-front fees for our services. You only have to pay us if we recover compensation for your case.

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Jimmy Sunosky

Jimmy Sunosky is an AV Preeminent rated lawyer and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters, a Top Lawyer by Houstonia Magazine and a Top Lawyer H by Texas Magazine. He is dedicated to helping accident victims and their families find justice and obtain financial compensation after suffering serious injuries or death. Before co-founding Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP, he worked as an insurance defense lawyer. He applies the knowledge and experience gained while working with insurance companies to his work as an advocate for the injured.

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