According to The National SAFE KIDS Campaign, Halloween evening has four times as many child pedestrian deaths than any other night of the year. With the substantial increase in child pedestrians there comes an increased risk of an accident. There are many steps that parents can take to help keep their little ghouls and goblins safe this Halloween.
Officials recommend that parents closely monitor their children and not let children under the age of 12 cross the road at night without supervision. Children excited about running to a certain house or meeting up with a friend may dart across the roadway at an unsafe time or location. All children must be reminded to use crosswalks and to never dart into traffic to decrease the risk of child injury.
Children who are trick-or-treating should be on the sidewalk and when there is no sidewalk, children should walk facing traffic and as far to the left as possible. This will allow them to see oncoming cars. To increase visibility, costumes should be bright. Unfortunately, many Halloween costumes are black and hard to see at night. In such cases, children should use a flashlight and reflective tape should be put on their costume and treat bags. Additionally, it is important that all masks and costumes do not restrict the ability of the child to see the roadway or where they are going.
The skilled Princeton pedestrian accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein wish all New Jersey residents a safe and happy Halloween. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 to discuss your legal rights and options at no cost.