Once a year, kids flock to the streets dressed like ghosts, princesses, animals or other disguises and go on the search for tricks or treats. However, although Halloween is a time for thrills and scares, it’s not a time to push aside safety. Drivers play an important role in keeping Halloween fun for everyone by doing their best to avoid areas where trick-or-treaters abound.
If possible avoid areas where trick-or-treaters flock to, especially cul-de-sacs where they are more likely to be in the road. Kids may have costumes that block their vision, or be chasing after someone and step in front of your vehicle, so it’s especially important to drive slow.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that from 4-10pm on Halloween eve, about 4,000 children aged five-to 14-years-old are hurt in a pedestrian accident, compared to the average 1,000 injuries reported on other nights.
As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I suggest taking these measures to avoid a potential car accident involving youth dressed in costumes:
- Children may have blocked visibility due to their costumes, so don’t assume they see you or your car.
- Don’t exceed 25 mph in an area where trick-or-treaters are frolicking.
- Kids may run into the street from behind parked cars.
- Don’t pass a vehicle in front of you, they may be stopped for trick-or-treaters, or picking up/dropping off kids.
- Pay extra close attention to intersections.
- Do not use a cell phone, navigation system, or sound system while driving. These are driving distractions which could prevent seeing or hearing pedestrians.
As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I recommend all drivers on Halloween follow this advice to make this spooky holiday safe and fun-filled for everyone.