While Halloween is considered a night of fun for many, it also considered one of the most dangerous due to the high incidence of pedestrian-car accidents.
Before you head out the door with your young trick-or-treaters, you need to know how to keep your kids safe on roads and streets this Halloween.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more pedestrian accidents occur on October 31st than any other time of the year, with the fatality rate for children ages 5 to 14 four times above normal. The majority of Halloween pedestrian-car accidents tend to occur between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
AAA is urging parents, children and drivers to use extra caution by observing the following safety tips:
If You’re Driving:
- Drive slowly in residential neighborhoods and pay attention to traffic signals and street signs.
- Stay alert for children and parents walking on roads and streets. Even if intersections are marked, there is no guarantee that trick-or-treaters will always cross at the crosswalk.
- Use caution when driving on streets that allow on-street parking. Children may dart out from between parked cars and be difficult to see.
- Always use your headlights and turn signals to notify parents, children and other drivers of which direction you plan to go.
- When backing out of driveways, always check both sides and behind the car to avoid striking a pedestrian.
Tips for Parents:
- Always provide adult supervision for children under 12.
- Preplan your trick-or-treating route and instruct older children to adhere to the established plan.
- Avoid houses that are not well-lit or are in a remote location away from the roadway.
- Review the rules of pedestrian and motor traffic with older children.
- Carefully observe street lights, street signs and crosswalks. Do not allow children to cross highways or busy intersections alone.
- Have your children wear brightly-colored costumes or apply reflective tape to their clothing to make them more visible to drivers.
- Carry a flashlight and allow your children to carry glow-sticks. Avoid directing your flashlight into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking directly in the street. If you’re in a neighborhood where there are no sidewalks, stay on the left side of the road and walk facing traffic.
- Always look both ways and listen for the sound of oncoming traffic before crossing and only cross at the corner or a marked intersection, if possible.
While parents can take steps to keep kids safe on Halloween, there may be no way to avoid an accident caused by a negligent driver. Someone who causes an accident while speeding, driving recklessly or driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol can cause physical, emotional and financial devastation for those who are injured.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident through no fault of your own, you need to contact a qualified car accident attorney to handle your claim. At the law firm of Nadrich and Cohen, we can help you win your case so that you can get the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
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