On Halloween, many disguised children go out to the streets to ask for sweets, so you have to take extra precautions to avoid accidents with cars at that time. The chance of getting hit by a car during Halloween is twice that of any other day of the year, and safety experts provide the following tips for being extra cautious on Halloween:
- Drive slowly. Children will be excited about their bags of candy, and many will be walking with clothes or shoes that could cause them to trip. Slow down and prepare to stop your vehicle when you see ghosts and goblins crossing the street.
- Use the technology in your car. It is recommended that you never turn off your vehicle’s security alerts. If you have turned off this technology, turn it back on for the holiday. Features such as cameras with rear or front view, collision alert sensors, and cameras with a 360-degree views give drivers a better idea of their vehicle’s surroundings when backing up.
- Avoid fatal distractions. If you are worried about the temptation to use your phone while driving, take advantage of the storage cubicles inside your vehicle. You cannot access your phone while driving if it is in the center console or glove compartment.
- Motorists and masks do not combine. While it may seem fun to make other drivers laugh, wearing a mask or glasses when driving is a bad idea because it can limit your field of vision. Instead, put them in your trunk or glove compartment to prevent the temptation of wearing them until you get to your destination.
- Always wear your seat belt. Even if you are driving slowly down the street while children are walking on the sidewalk, fasten your seat belt every time you are on the move.
Safety Tips to Protect Your Children
Children are the most vulnerable to getting hurt in accidents during Halloween. Here are some safety tips for parents to protect their children from injury:
- Decorate constumes and bags with masking tape or bright stickers that reflect the light. Choosing a light color will be helpful.
- Instead of masks, which can obstruct children’s vision, paint the face of your child with non-toxic makeup.
- Using light sticks or any kind of flashlight is a great way to be seen by car drivers.
- Children should not be left alone without guardian supervision.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today
Although Halloween is a fun holiday for both parents and children, accidents can and do happen even when following all the safety precautions possible. If you or your child has been injured in an accident on Halloween, contact the attorneys at Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. today and let us ensure that your rights are protected. Our experienced attorneys will review your case with you, advise you of your legal options, and help you get the compensation to which you are entitled.