The Rolling Loud festival is often referred to as the No. 1 hip hop festival in the U.S., but its superb rap performances are not the only signature attribute of every Rolling Loud festival.
The nation’s biannual hip hop festival, which was held in Southern California in December and will be held in Miami in May 2018, is usually crowded with thousands of marijuana and alcohol-impaired attendees.
While drinking and smoking weed is everyone’s business (as long as it’s legal in the state), festivals such as the Rolling Loud put thousands of weed and alcohol-impaired people on the streets of California, which is a sure-fire recipe for disaster (such as car accidents).
Today, our car accident attorneys at Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg are going to talk about the impact of the Rolling Loud festivals – and similar festivals packed with stoners and intoxicated people – on the safety of Americans.
Rolling Loud festival: most common causes of arrests
Believe it or not, even if you aren’t planning to attend the Rolling Loud festival you may still be affected by it – in a negative way.
Festivals such as the Rolling Loud draw massive crowds of people from all walks of life. And more often than not, such festivals offer attendees the illusion of a long-weekend – 3-4 days of nothing but fun (with lots of booze, weed, and sex involved).
No wonder that most such festivals are responsible for a noticeable spike in arrests and crime levels each year, our attorneys say. Most music festivals in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California such as the Rolling Loud are being guarded by police officers and security personnel.
However, regardless of how many security guards are supervising a music event, people always find ways to sneak alcohol, weed, and drugs (as well as weapons) onto festival venues.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of crimes and arrests that most commonly take place at music festivals:
- Drug possession and sales;
- Minor in possession of alcohol;
- Minor having a fake ID;
- Driving under the influence (DUI);
- Assault and battery;
- Sexual assault;
- Illegal possession of marijuana;
- Public intoxication.
Dangers of the Rolling Loud for you (even if you aren’t attending)
You may not even be planning to attend the Rolling Loud, but the festival could still affect your life or the life of your loved ones indirectly. That’s because there’s a sharp increase in the number of marijuana and alcohol-impaired car drivers on the day when the Rolling Loud – or any similar music festival – is held.
And it makes sense, our Los Angeles car accident attorneys say. After all, those thousands of festival goers who are planning to get overly intoxicated or smoke tons of weed will get under the wheel of their vehicle to get there.
Sadly but true, most people attending such events are typically negligent and irresponsible individuals, who couldn’t care less about the safety of other people.
Music festivals responsible for uptick in car accidents
If the Rolling Loud festival – or any other music festival – is going to be held in your town, our car accident attorneys strongly recommend residents, unless they absolutely have to, to avoid driving or traveling by car (especially during night hours) to minimize the risk of encountering thousands of weed and alcohol impaired drivers headed to or from the festival.
If you or any of your loved ones get into a car accident in which you believe the other party is under the influence or alcohol or drugs, our car accident attorneys advise people to avoid any confrontations with drug or alcohol-impaired drivers and, if possible, not interact with them at all until the police arrive.
It’s not unheard of when drunk or stoned drivers get aggressive after a car accident and the other party may even get injured.
After you call the police and paramedics (if necessary) to the scene of the car accident, it’s paramount that you call a car accident attorney who would help you determine liability, document your injuries, evaluate your damages to file a lawsuit and obtain compensation for your injuries and damages.