Last year, 4,378 people were killed in pedestrian accidents. Fatal accidents between motor vehicles and young pedestrians most often occur between 4pm and 8pm, the time when most children will be trick-or-treating.
Halloween can be a dangerous time for young pedestrians. Often children are so excited that they dart out into traffic. 84% of pedestrian deaths among young pedestrians occur at non-intersection locations. Drivers need to be hyper-vigilant on Halloween. The following are some tips for drivers to insure that a pedestrian accident does not occur:
- Don’t use a cell phone while driving because being distracted can lead to an accident.
- Watch for children darting across streets and from between parked cars.
- Stay below the posted speed limit during trick-or-treating hours and in neighborhoods.
- Do not attempt to pass stopped cars. They could be stopped for children crossing the street or to drop off children.
- Stay alert at intersections.
- Pay attention to children on sidewalks as they may suddenly run across a street.
- Don’t assume that a child approaching your car sees you; A mask or excitement might obscure their vision.
- If you are dropping off a child, when you pull to the curb, turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
- If you attend a Halloween party, do not drive with a mask on.
If you are a parent with a child who will be trick-or-treating, follow these safety tips:
- Accompany your child to insure their safety.
- Give your child flashlights or glow sticks so they can be seen.
- Sew reflective tape on their costumes.
- Make sure your child knows how and where to cross a street for safety. Teach them to cross at cross walks and to look left and right and left again and make eye contact with drivers.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents, including pedestrians.