It’s the one night a year that you can be whatever you want to be – moms transform into rock stars, kids parade as their on-screen idols ….and your next door neighbor is determined to save the world with his trashcan lid “shield.” Halloween is the ultimate stage for the young and old alike, but as generations of costume-clad emergency room visits remind us, it’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. Personal injury risk runs high on October 31…keep your family safe with these tips in mind.
Trick or Treating – Pedestrians, stay alert!
On Halloween, foot traffic on your community streets is increased exponentially, and those big crowds combined with the excitement and sugar-rush in the air spells trouble. In the “Injury Facts 2015” report by the National Safety Council, research revealed that 70 percent of pedestrian deaths or injuries for children ages 5 to 9 resulted from children darting or running into the road. When your neighborhood has been transformed into a giant marching parade of fun, kids often become forgetful of the common dangers of outside play – namely vehicular traffic.
Before setting out with your children to trick or treat, remind them to:
- Walk, not run, from house to house
- Watch for cars pulling in and out of driveways
- Only cross the street at marked crosswalks and street corners (no zig-zagging!)
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of a stopped car
You can also help keep your costumed children safe by ensuring that they have a clear panorama of sight out of their masks, hoods and hats, or by using face paint, instead of a mask, when possible. Also, make sure that children are outfitted with reflective tape, flashlights or glow sticks to make them visible to drivers, bikers and other pedestrians.
Motorists – Be focused, be sober!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 40 percent of fatalities on Halloween night from 2009-2014 involved a drunk driver. Always have a designated driver and if you are the designated driver, eliminate all distractions so that you can ensure you and your passengers will arrive home safely.
There’s nothing worse then ending a holiday with injury. For more information about personal injury law or to contact one of our attorneys, contact us today!