When your family gets home after trick-or-treating, do you examine your children’s candy before letting them eat it? Although it is always a good idea to inspect food that your kids received from strangers, candy that has been tampered with is not actually the greatest risk children face on the spookiest night of the year.
According to U.S. News, children are more than twice as likely to die in a pedestrian accident on Halloween than they are on the average night. Sadly, parents can take all the recommended precautions for keeping their kids safe and still find themselves spending the night in a hospital waiting room.
If your family is involved in an accident with a drunk, distracted, or reckless driver on Halloween, turn to Churdar Law Firm to explore your options for pursuing compensation. Doug Churdar takes great pleasure in helping people set their lives in order after serious injuries. Call 864-233-0203 to schedule a case evaluation with a car accident attorney in Greenville.
How Can Motorists Stay Safe on Halloween Night?
Halloween may be on a Tuesday this year, but you can expect the weekend before the holiday to be full of costume parades, parties, and other social gatherings. As a motorist, you owe a duty of care to both the drivers on the road around you and the pedestrians on the nearby sidewalks. You can abide by this duty and reduce the risk of causing a collision by:
- Following all local traffic laws and driving in a predictable manner;
- Slowing down in residential neighborhoods;
- Watching for children in dark costumes;
- Preparing to stop at all crosswalks so pedestrians can cross; and
- Turning on your headlights, even in the daytime, to increase visibility.
The above tips will help you avoid pedestrian collisions, but every time you get behind the wheel, you are at the mercy of the other drivers in traffic. You can reduce the risk of getting into an accident with another vehicle by driving defensively and by staying off the roads when drunk drivers are most likely to be on their way home.
How Can Pedestrians Stay Safe on Halloween Night?
Although certain factors may be out of your control on Halloween night, you should take at least a few steps to protect your family. If you’re planning on taking the kids trick-or-treating, you can reduce the risk of a pedestrian collision by:
- Applying reflective tape to costumes and treat bags;
- Avoiding face masks that obstruct vision and long, billowing costumes that pose a tripping hazard;
- Carrying a flashlight on your route;
- Staying on the sidewalk whenever possible; and
- Using crosswalks at intersections every time you cross.
Unfortunately, a pedestrian collision can happen at any time. If you or one of your family members is injured by a negligent motorist on Halloween, contact Churdar Law Firm. Doug Churdar has been practicing law in the state of South Carolina for 25 years.
Call 864-233-0203 to schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Greenville. You can learn more about car accident claims in South Carolina by visiting usattorneys.com/car-accident/south-carolina.