There is a fine line between the spooky Halloween fun and serious safety concerns, especially when it comes to pedestrian and road safety.
Children love the magic of Halloween: trick-or-treating and parties with friends. However, there is a fine line between the spooky Halloween fun and serious safety concerns, especially when it comes to pedestrian and road safety. According to Injury Facts 2016, the report on unintentional injuries published by the National Safety Council, in 2014, around 6,300 pedestrian fatalities and 145,000 doctor reported injuries occurred among pedestrians. The National Safety Council research shows that the reasons for pedestrian injuries and deaths varies by age. Running into the road is the cause behind 70 percent of injuries and death among pedestrians in the age group of 5 to 9, and 47 percent of those in the age group of 10 to 14. With 3,200 deaths, October ranks second in motor vehicle accident related deaths, first being august with 3,370 deaths. In this post, we will share some Halloween safety tips for drivers and pedestrians.
Halloween safety tips for pedestrians
- Remain visible: Around 60 percent of the fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween are known to occur in the evening hours when the kids are out trick-or-treating. Low visibility along with dark clothing can make it difficult to see kids. So, make sure the child is visible, either make them wear bright clothes or use a reflective tape on their costume or props.
- Travel in groups: Traveling in groups is much safer, because it is easier for motorists to see you. So, make sure the kids stay in the group and do not stray away.
- Stay on the sidewalk: On Halloween night, there is a high volume of pedestrians and cars on the roads, so you should always stay on the sidewalk and avoid walking in the street. This can greatly reduce the chances of getting injured in a motor vehicle accident.
- Use the crosswalk: Only 30 percent of pedestrian accidents occur at crosswalks. You should never cross away from the designated crosswalks or walk in the middle of the street.
Halloween safety tips for drivers
- Whenever possible, avoid driving through areas where trick-or-treaters are present.
- Stay extra cautious. Children are often excited and may run into the street without looking around for oncoming traffic. Drive slow so that you have enough time to respond in case you suddenly find children on the medians, curbs and streets.
- Carefully enter alleys and driveways
- Look for kids crossing the street
- If you are driving children between neighborhoods, make sure they exit from the passenger side doors, and not into the street.
- Avoid drinking and driving. If drinking, make sure you designate a driver.
- Avoid all distractions. Even a few seconds of distraction can cost a child’s life.
Injured in a Halloween Car Accident?
If your child or a loved one has been injured in a Halloween car accident caused by a negligent driver, you should immediately speak with an experienced Chicago injury lawyer at Willens Law Offices. Call (312) 957-4166 today to schedule a free case evaluation.