Halloween is right around the corner, and many children and teens are preparing for a night of costumes, candy, and scary movies. While activities may be a bit different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the same precautions should be taken this holiday as any other year.
Darkness, more pedestrians wandering the streets, and more reckless drivers on the roads become a perfect storm for accidents on Halloween night. Here are some scary Halloween accident statistics from the National Safety Council (NSC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT):
- Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween night compared to any other day.
- In 2017, October ranked second for the most number of vehicle deaths by month.
- During the Halloween nights from 2013-2017, 42% of those killed were in traffic crashes that involved at least one drunk driver.
Whether you are going to be driving this holiday or letting your children trick-or-treat around the neighborhood, there are certain steps you can take to reduce the risk of an accident.
Drivers may face additional challenges behind the wheel on Halloween night, whether it be from a cell phone beeping to spotting pedestrians who may be on the road. Parents, you should be especially cautious if you have teens driving on this night. Here are some safety tips that you and your teens can follow:
- Reduce your speed, especially in neighborhoods and residential streets
- Keep an eye out for the little ghosts and goblins that may dart into the street
- Use your headlights
- If possible, avoid “Halloween Rush Hour” between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- When in doubt, always yield
- Put the phone away and eliminate other driving distractions
- Never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol
- If you see an unsafe or potentially impaired driver, alert local law enforcement
Pedestrians, especially young children, are at an increased risk of injury during Halloween night. If you will be out with your children or they will be trick-or-treating by themselves, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Always have trick-or-treaters travel in groups
- Plan and review a route before letting children out
- Avoid wearing all black, which can be harder to spot
- Consider adding reflective tape to costumes
- Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision or create a tripping hazard
- Make sure children know how to properly use crosswalks and teach them not to jaywalk
- Have children carry flashlights or glowsticks to increase their visibility
If you are unsure about what your specific Halloween plans will be due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can reference holiday guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine what is the safest and healthiest option for you and your children.
With these tips in mind, all of us at Klein Frank hope you and your family have a safe holiday and take the measures you need to stay safe. We recognize, however, that accidents can still happen despite taking all the precautions in the world.
If you are injured in any type of accident this Halloween due to another’s negligence, Klein Frank is standing by ready to review your case for free and pursue the compensation you need to heal the right way.
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