Although Halloween is supposed to be a fun night, it is also a night that sees an increase in accidents and injuries among drivers and pedestrians. In fact, Safe Kids Worldwide says, “on average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to any other day of the year, and more than 70 percent of accidents occur away from an intersection or crosswalk.” Distracted drivers and drunk drivers also cause numerous accidents and injuries on Halloween. In fact, accidents involving drunk drivers increase by 23% on Halloween. In this blog, we talk about ways to keep safe this Halloween when you and your kids go trick-or-treating.
Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
- Children under the age of 12 should have an adult supervise them while they trick-or-treat.
- Always use a crosswalk when crossing the street.
- A reflective candy bag can help keep your child visible when they are trick-or-treating.
- Check your kid’s candy for choking hazards.
- Face paint is safer than using a mask because it does not limit your child’s ability to see.
- Lighter-colored costumes are easier to see at night.
- Use fire-resistant costumes and accessories.
- Make sure your children know to avoid entering the home or car of a stranger.
- Have a specific time that your children must finish trick-or-treating and return home by.
- When crossing the street, always make eye contact with drivers you are crossing in front of.
- Small children should carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When driving through residential areas, be alert and travel at slow speeds to avoid hitting excited children who might run in front of your vehicle.
- Older children who are trick-or-treating alone should have a planned route they must follow to ensure they only visit homes that have been deemed safe.
- If you are an inexperienced driver, you should avoid driving on Halloween.
Bowling Green Personal Injury Lawyer
At the Law Office of Pamela C. Bratcher, our team of lawyers are committed to helping clients obtain financial compensation for their accident injuries. We understand that an accident can happen when you least expect it, which is why we are here to guide you through the legal process to ensure your rights are fully protected. If you or a loved one suffer an injury this Halloween, you should immediately get in touch with us to discuss your rights under the law.