If you are going to be participating in Halloween festivities this year, our Charlotte personal injury lawyers would like to take a moment to remind you that safety is everyone’s responsibility. Trick-or-treating is held at various times throughout the local area and adult revelers may be heading out later in the evening. Halloween is wildly popular and some people will start celebrating before the sun goes down. Here’s how you can help to make Halloween safe for everyone.
As A Driver you need to be extra careful when driving on Halloween. Children are excited and may not remember to do all the things their parents told them. It’s not out of the realm of possibility for a little one to dart out into the street without looking. Additionally, some people will be celebrating their night with alcohol and unfortunately some will drive when they shouldn’t.
1) Go Slow!
The normal speed limit is 35 mph through a neighborhood. We suggest cutting your speed by 10 mph or more. Creep through a neighborhood so you have time to react should a pedestrian run in front of your vehicle.
2) Stay Aware
Distracted driving is a significant cause of car accidents throughout the nation. It can be an even bigger problem on Halloween. Pay attention when you are behind the wheel. When your are behind the wheel it is not the time to talk on your cell phone, eat your lunch, or update your Facebook status. Don’t be a distracted driver on Halloween, or ever!
3) Driveway Dangers
Take a walk around your vehicle before exiting your driveway. Look as far as you can down the sidewalk before pulling in. If you notice trick-or-treaters in the area, be extra vigilant when maneuvering into or out of your driveway. It’s too easy for a child to walk behind your car without you seeing them.
4) Report Reckless Behavior
No matter the time of day or night, if you observe a driver operating their vehicle in a reckless way, call 911. Don’t ignore it thinking someone else is calling the police – everyone else may be thinking the same thing.
It’s up to you as an adult to make sure kids are safe on Halloween. You can give all the lectures you like, but without preparation and supervision, you can’t assume that your little ones will be okay. Here are some tips you can follow if you will be handing out candy or have kids that will be asking for it.
1) Watch Out!
One of the leading causes of injury during Halloween is car accidents. Children and other pedestrians are hit for different reasons but most often because they weren’t seen. Make sure your children are highly visible. Put reflective tape on their costumes and have them carry a flashlight. Glow sticks attached to your child’s costume or treat bag will also make them more visible.
There should be at least one adult supervising a group of kids trick-or-treating. If you can’t go with your little ones, find someone who can. No child should be going door-to-door without a watchful eye.
It is easy to let your child pick out any costume they like and have them put it on minutes before they walk out the front door. This is a mistake because not all costumes are made with safety in mind. Before your child is allowed to ask for treats, you should inspect their costume. Be sure that it isn’t a trip hazard, blocking your child’s sight, or has sharp pieces.
4) Your Home
Neighbors will try to outdo each other when it comes to decor. Don’t compete with the guy next door without taking safety in mind. Pay attention as you are decorating. Keep your walkways clear and avoid decorations that could pose a safety risk to anyone entering your property. You’ll be saving yourself from a potential headache if you can prevent people from being injured while they are on your property.
5) Inspect the Treats
Parents have visions of razor blades in candy but the truth is that this is extremely rare. Be on the lookout for anything that could trigger any allergic reactions for anyone that may eat the candy! Also watch for wrappers that are opened, or candy that is old or out of date. Take the time to look at your kid’s candy before you let them dig in!
6) Additional Facts
● 70% of parents allow their children to trick-or-treat on their own.
● There are nearly 4,000 injuries reported each Halloween.
● Kids are twice as likely to be in a fatal traffic accident on Halloween.
Halloween should be a great time for all involved! No one wants to end the night in the emergency room. Take these suggestions into consideration and be mindful of your safety on Halloween. Have fun and be safe!
If you are hurt on Halloween, call our Charlotte personal injury lawyers. If you get into an accident or have injuries caused by someone’s negligence or misconduct, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and more. Our attorneys are here to help and we are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Reach out to us today to schedule your appointment for a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights. Call (855) 969-5671 to see if we can help.