There are a number of reasons why Halloween is so dangerous for pedestrians. With trick-or-treaters walking in the neighborhood, it is important for motorists to drive carefully. If your children are participating in trick-or-treating on Halloween night, please make sure that you take the steps necessary to keep them safe from a child injury accident.
First and foremost, it is crucial that pedestrians obey the rules of the road. Crossing the street where there is no intersection or crosswalk can be extremely dangerous. Plan ahead and help your child map out a route that only requires him or her to cross the road where it is safe to do so. When they do have to cross the road, remind them how important it is to look both ways. Darting across the road is simply too dangerous to consider. Parents should accompany their younger children and teenagers should have a cell phone with them so they can alert their parents, should they need to do so.
Next, it is important to increase your child’s visibility, as it is difficult for drivers to avoid pedestrians they cannot see. Children should carry flashlights, reflective tape should be applied to all trick-or-treat bags and costumes, and light-up necklaces or wands that go with costumes can also be used to increase your child’s visibility. Another way to increase visibility is to travel in groups; drivers are more likely to see a group of children. Staying together is also important. Many tragic New Jersey accidents occur as a result of one child darting through traffic to catch up with the rest of the group.
We wish you and yours a safe and happy Halloween. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, please do not hesitate to call an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein. We offer free consultations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has been injured or has lost a loved one in an auto accident.