Mix excitable children with a glut of candy, low light, low-visibility masks, dark costumes and a high number of drunk drivers on the road and you have a real witch’s brew of factors that can end in a pedestrian getting hit or killed by a car.
Whether you’re a parent wanting to protect your children during trick-or-treating hours or a motorist driving home on Halloween, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood that this holiday, which is supposed to be about fun, doesn’t end in tragedy.
If you’re driving:
- Drive slowly and carefully, taking extra care in alleyways and driveways
- Don’t text and drive or allow yourself to become distracted in any other way
- Be alert for children who may be darting in and out of the street
If you’re a parent:
- Accompany and supervise children who are under the age of 12
- Use face paint instead of masks, which can significantly reduce visibility
- Plan your child’s route and stick to a familiar area
- Give your children glow sticks or outfit them with reflective tape to make them more visible to drivers
Drinking can also play a major role in Halloween-related accidents. Whether you’ll be walking the sidewalks or behind the wheel, it’s important to abstain from drinking or to have a sober friend accompany you.
Sometimes even the most diligent attempts to maintain a safe atmosphere on Halloween crumple because of another person’s negligence. If you or your child is injured on Halloween or any other day of the year because of a careless driver, talk to an attorney about how you can secure the compensation you need to move forward.