Taking pleasure in fear is one of the reasons children and adults alike love Halloween. While most of the night’s frights are imaginary, there is one threat that is devastatingly real: Pedestrian Accidents.
Whether you’re trick-or-treating or driving to a party, there are a few things you should be extra aware of as you pursue candy and scares. We’ll break it down for you below:
The Walking (Not) Dead
Even if you’re dressed as a zombie, you’d probably prefer to stay alive this Halloween. The following tips can help:
- Avoid costumes, such as masks, that obstruct your vision
- Enhance your costume and candy-bag with reflective tape, or wear bright colors
- Stay in well-lit areas
- Always walk on the sidewalk
- If there is no sidewalk, walk on the edge of the street facing traffic
- Cross at crosswalks, intersections, and street corners only
- Put away your smartphone and keep your attention on the road
- Watch for cars at all times
- Travel in groups
- Stay sober
Your Car Isn’t Death Proof
Car-pedestrian accidents are always devastating, but they increase by about 43% on Halloween night. The risk doubles for children. To avoid contributing to these nightmarish statistics, use these tricks:
- NEVER drive while you are drunk or influenced by drugs
- Do not text or use mobile devices while driving
- Keep your headlights on, even if it is not dark
- Watch for children crossing the street or walking on roadways
- Check curbs, medians, and driveways for children
- Scan into front yards and porches
- Slow down for extra reaction time – try to stay 5 mph below the speed limit
- Enter alleys and driveways with care
- Do not pass cars that are stopped on the roadway – children are likely getting in or out of the vehicle
Don’t Let Halloween Be Your Final Destination
Halloween should be fun for you and everyone else. Walking and driving safely can help make sure this is a reality. If you see a bad Omen, such as intoxicated drivers or pedestrians, make sure to report it to your local police.
If you are harmed by one of the nights true villains, contact May, Rammels, & Wells to pursue justice. With over 70 years of experience, we can handle any Halloween accident with compassion and professionalism.
Call us today at (208) 623-8021 or request a consultation online.