Did you know the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year? For most people, especially children, Halloween is quite an exciting time. Children get to dress up, stay up late past their bedtime and most importantly...collect free candy!
In all the excitement, safety can easily be placed on the back burner. So it is up to motorists and parents to be extra vigilant on this night. The following tips can help prevent an unwanted injury.
- Teach children to stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
- If your child is carrying a flashlight, teach him/her to never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Slow down and be extra alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are always excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Since some parents drive their children around to trick or treat, so be alert for cars that may stop suddenly to let children out.
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Between 5:30 to 9:30 are popular trick or treating time, so be especially alert for children or if possible, avoid driving at all.
At Lewis Law Group, we always want you to have a safe and fun Halloween. If an unfortunate circumstance arises where you or someone you knows loved ones end up in an accident, our personal injury lawyers have over 38 years of experience in representing victims of Florida motor vehicle accidents. Contact us to get the fair compensation and justice you deserve!