With so many children and adults walking the streets on Halloween, it’s not surprising that night is the deadliest of the year. Combine a large number of pedestrians
with adults consuming alcohol at parties, and the mix is lethal. Seventy-two percent of fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween involve alcohol.
Trick or treaters can do several things to make sure they are safe when walking the roadways this Halloween:
- A parent should always accompany children under 12
- Be sure to walk, and not run, from house to house
- Walk on sidewalks when they are available
- Obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks
- Double check for cars backing out of driveways
- Don’t assume you have the right-of-way because drivers may not see you
- Use flashlights and glow sticks to make yourself more visible
- Choose costumes that are light in color or add reflective material to darker ones
Drivers have responsibilities to watch out for pedestrians on the road. A pedestrian struck at 35 miles per hour as opposed to 25 miles per hour is twice as likely to be killed.
- Always assume children are present even if you can’t see them, and slow down
- Never drink and drive
- Do not use a cell phone while driving
- Try to park so you don’t have to back up, and use another adult as a spotter if you have to
- Yield to pedestrians and watch for children running into the street
- If you are driving kids to trick or treat, make sure everyone is buckled up at all times
Being extra vigilant behind the wheel and when walking will ensure there are more treats than tricks this Halloween.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a driver’s negligence, Burnetti P.A.’s pedestrian accident lawyer may be able help fight for maximum compensation. Call 1-888-BURNETTI or fill out a free case evaluation form.