Halloween is a fun time for children and adults alike. With the costumes, candy, decorations, and festive mood, there’s little not to love about the holiday. The downside to all of this is that dangerous Halloween accidents are not uncommon. If your child was injured by someone else’s negligence this Halloween, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Huntsville personal injury attorney on your side.
For children, Halloween is all about hitting the neighborhood and trick-or-treating. The fact is, however, that on Halloween, pedestrian accidents involving children skyrocket. The following pedestrian accident statistics forwarded by the National Safety Council (NSC) highlight exactly how dangerous pedestrian accidents are – in general – and exactly how dangerous they are for children on Halloween, specifically:
- In 2017, almost 7,500 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents
- Of these fatal pedestrian accidents, 18 percent happened at intersections
- The decreased visibility at night time played a significant role in these deadly accidents
- On Halloween, children are more than twice as likely to be killed in pedestrian accidents than they are on any other day of the year
Halloween Safety Factors
When it comes to pedestrian safety, Halloween has several strikes against it. On Halloween, the plan is to set out on foot at about dusk – just when the NSC warns that pedestrian accidents are most prevalent. While Halloween focuses on children’s activities, adults find plenty of opportunities to celebrate, and that translates to more impaired drivers on our roadways. Further, the excitement of Halloween can push children – naturally impulsive at the best of times – into even more unpredictable impulsive behavior. This often means children dashing across the street when you and/or motorists least expect them to.
Halloween Safety Precautions
Halloween has dangers built in, and that makes adhering to pedestrian safety precautions that much more important. These precautions include:
- Young children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Travel a route that is both well-lit and familiar.
- Children who are old enough to venture out on their own should share their plans with a responsible adult and should be required to check in on a regular basis.
- Ensure that your children’s costumes, including masks, wigs, hats, and hoods, don’t overly restrict their vision.
- Do not jaywalk or cut across yards or alleys.
- Be on the lookout for motorists who may be impaired, and do not rely upon drivers carefully adhering to the rules of the road.
If Your Child Was Injured on Halloween, an Experienced Huntsville Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If your child was injured in a pedestrian accident (or any kind of accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence) on Halloween, the experienced Huntsville personal injury attorneys at Cloud, Ryan & Rouse, LLC, are committed to helping you. Halloween should be a fun and exciting time for all children and should not end in injury. Our knowledgeable and compassionate legal team is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 256-801-1000 for a free consultation today.