Halloween is a favorite holiday for children and adults everywhere. From costumes to scary movies, baked goods, and pumpkins, there’s something for people of all ages to have fun doing. However, the scary reality is that pedestrian accidents spike on this night. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates kids are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween compared to any other day of the year.
The good news is that these accidents are 100% preventable when motorists, parents, and trick-or-treaters take the right steps to stay safe. Our team provides some safety tips below.
For Parents and Trick-or-Treaters
Parents, remember that you have a responsibility to teach your children proper pedestrian rules and ensure that they wear costumes that will enhance their safety. Here are some guidelines that you should follow and remind your children of before they head out on Halloween night:
- Young children should be accompanied by a supervising adult.
- Have trick-or-treaters travel in groups, as multiple people are easier to see than one.
- Children should stay on sidewalks instead of walking or running in the street.
- Children should only cross the street at designated crosswalks.
- Ensure children don’t have costumes that may hinder their ability to see, such as masks, or be tripping hazards, such as capes.
- Avoid the color black on costumes, as it can be difficult to see children in the dark. Instead, opt for lighter or brighter colors.
- Have your child carry a flashlight or glowstick and equip their costume with reflective stickers that will enhance visibility.
Knowing that pedestrian accidents occur more frequently on Halloween night, motorists have an extra responsibility to drive with caution, vigilance, and care. Always remember the following:
- Use your headlights, even if it’s not completely dark yet.
- Remain extra vigilant during peak trick-or-treating hours, typically between 5 and 10 p.m.
- Reduce your speed in case a young child darts out in the middle of the road.
- Never honk or rev your engine at pedestrians.
- Eliminate all driving distractions, especially cell phones.
- Always drive sober and never while impaired.
- Discourage new or inexperienced motorists from driving on this night.
We’re Here If You Need Us
With these tips in mind, we hope that you and your family have a safe and festive Halloween this year! If you or a loved one is injured in an accident during this time, know that Manning Law, APC is here to help you determine what legal options you may have and pursue compensation on your behalf.
Contact our Newport News personal injury attorneys at (800) 783-5006 for a free case review!