Pedestrian Accidents Spike on Halloween
Many kids look forward to dressing up in costumes and heading out to trick or treat and collect candy from neighbors. However, it is important for all parents to be aware that the risk of pedestrian accidents, injuries, and fatalities greatly increases on Halloween night.
Trick or treating usually starts as people are commuting home from work and can continue until after dark. Many drivers might be unprepared for the increased number of people walking on Halloween night, and they might fail to pay close attention. In addition, adults might attend Halloween parties or happy hours, and they might be driving home under the influence of alcohol. Distracted and drunk drivers are a major cause of collisions with pedestrians on this holiday.
While you cannot control the actions of drivers on Halloween, you can follow some safety tips for trick or treating:
- Always have reflective or light-colored costumes
- If a costume is dark or non-reflective, carry a flashlight or wear bright glow sticks
- Visit houses on one side of the street first and then, the other side. This is safer than zig-zagging across the street and only requires you to cross once per street
- Ensure your children look both ways and never dart into the road
We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween free from pedestrian accidents and injuries, though we are ready to help should an accident occur.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Atlanta for Help Right Away
Halloween should be spooky – not frightening due to serious pedestrian accidents. If your child is injured, you should get them the medical attention they need immediately. Then, you should consult with an Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney at the office of Ben F. Windham, P.C. Call 833.236.9467 or contact us online to learn about your legal options.