Halloween is meant to be a night of fun and festivities. However, the reality can be a lot scarier. Statistics show that it is one of the deadliest days of the year for pedestrians. In fact, motor vehicle accidents are a serious safety concern for pedestrians and drivers alike on Halloween.
Everyone is responsible for making the road a safer place. Here are some tips we suggest.
Tips for Drivers
- Avoid distractions: Do not use handheld electronic devices, apply makeup, eat, adjust your mirrors, or change the music. These tasks take your attention off the road.
- Slow down in and around neighborhoods: Watch out for kids crossing the street. Even if you do not see trick-or-treaters, they may suddenly dart out in front of you.
- Drive sober: Drunk driving accidents increase on Halloween. Go out with a designated driver. If that is not an option, use a rideshare service or stay overnight at the party.
Tips for Pedestrians
- Walk on the sidewalk: If there is no sidewalk available, walk facing traffic. Stay as far to the side as you can, and be prepared to move out of the road quickly if you feel unsafe. Remember to follow the rules of the road at intersections and when crossing the street.
- Make yourself visible: The earlier a driver sees you, the earlier they can react. Try to make yourself as visible to drivers as possible if you are out at night. Wear reflective clothing and accessories, carry a flashlight, or wear a small flashing strobe light.
- Accompany young children: Tragically, childhood pedestrian deaths skyrocket on Halloween. Parents should accompany young children when they trick-or-treat. It is a good idea to go out before it is truly dark. Older children should be reminded of safety rules. For example, kids should keep their phones in their pockets to stay aware of their surroundings.
Injured in an Accident? Get Free Legal Help
Our attorneys understand that being prepared may not be enough to prevent an accident. There will always be people who put others in danger due to their reckless and selfish actions.
If the unthinkable happens and you get seriously injured while walking or driving, contact us at 303-237-7373 for a free consultation. The Frickey Law Firm proudly represents clients from Lakewood, Denver, Boulder, and nearby areas of Colorado. We look forward to helping you.