Whether driving through a residential area on Halloween or driving to another festivity, this holiday presents several unique dangers that motorists need to be aware of.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that kids are twice as likely to be killed by a car on Halloween. However, children are not the only ones at an increased risk for fatal injuries. Annual data from the National Safety Council (NSC) reports that October is the second highest month for motor vehicle fatalities.
Decrease Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities
In some towns, trick-or-treating begins as soon as kids get out of school. But the prime-time hours are usually between 5pm and 9pm. With fall’s limited daylight hours, motorists should keep in mind that kids wearing darkly colored costumes might cross the street anywhere. Young children, not accompanied by an adult, may not even know how to cross a street safely.
For those who are driving home from work on Halloween, or driving their own children to a residential spot for trick-or-treating, be mindful of the following, to keep those on foot as safe as possible:
- Turn headlights on: Your car will be more visible to pedestrians and you will have better visibility
- Use your hazards: When pulling off the road or when picking up and dropping off children
- Always use your turn signals: Allow other motorists and pedestrians to know your intentions
- Drive below the speed limit: In residential areas and other high traffic pedestrian areas
- Never pass stopped vehicles: The driver might be dropping off children
- Avoid distractions while driving: Distracted driving can be especially dangerous, whether it is making phone calls, emails, texting, or using a GPS
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 48 percent of all crash related fatalities on Halloween are caused by drunk driving. Although it is never ok to drive intoxicated, just one driver who drinks on Halloween places everyone sharing the road at an increased risk for fatalities and devasting injuries.
Those expecting to attend parties where alcohol is served should plan to have a designated driver. If this is not possible, a rideshare like Uber or Lyft is just a phone call away.
Protect Children from Halloween Driving Dangers
Motorists are not the only ones who must remain extra vigilant on Halloween. Parents have a duty to protect their children from the risks that motor vehicles pose.
For those that have children trick-or-treating this year, use the following check list to keep your little ghouls and goblins safe:
- All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult
- Educate kids about the dangers of darting into the street
- All trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights or other reflective objects
- Before Halloween, check costume masks for obstructions to vision
- Leave the cell phone at home to eliminate distractions while walking
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers of McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Those Injured in Car Accidents
If you or your child are injured in a car accident on Halloween, or any other time of year, having experienced, dedicated representation is the most important first step. Contact a Delaware car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC who can evaluate the details of your circumstances and determine what types of compensation you may be eligible for.
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