As trick-or-treaters roam the streets this Halloween, remember there are some things far scarier than witches, zombies, and mummies: drunk and reckless drivers. Statistics from the National Safety Council show that children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
To help prevent these types of devastating accidents from occurring, we provide some safety tips to ensure that drivers and pedestrians stay safe this Halloween.
There may be more distractions while driving on Halloween night. However, it’s especially important to stay aware and eyes on the road. Put your phone down and turn your ringer off to eliminate the possibility of it distracting you. In addition, take off any face masks while driving so that you are able to use your peripherals.
Control Your Speed
Go at or slightly below the speed limit at all times. When driving through residential areas, be extra wary of speed limits and how fast you are going. These are areas where many trick-or-treaters congregate, many being young children who may run out in the middle of the road unexpectedly. Driving slow will give you time to react quickly on the road.
Like other holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and New Years’ Eve, Halloween night always has a high number of DUI arrests and alcohol-related accidents. If you’re consuming alcohol beverages, always have a designated sober driver or call an Uber or Lyft if you need to get somewhere.
Increase Your Visibility
It can be difficult for drivers to see you at night, let alone if you’re dressed in all black. You and your children could use reflective tape or carry a flashlight or glowstick to increase your visibility. This will allow drivers to see you when crossing the street and help you stay together as a group.
Stay on the Sidewalk
Most drivers will be anticipating you on the sidewalk instead of the street. In order to ensure your own safety, make sure to keep on the sidewalk unless you are crossing the street as a designated crosswalk or intersection.
Use Crosswalks Properly
While pedestrians always have the right of way, some drivers do not always see pedestrians during the night. Because of this, make sure to use crosswalks correctly and only cross when it is your turn. Teach your children how to safely do this as well and avoid J-walking.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident on Halloween night, we will work to hold negligent parties accountable and help you pursue compensation for what you have endured. With over 150 years of combined experience, you can count on our team of legal advocates to fight for justice on your behalf.
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