Halloween is right around the corner, and just because it is on a weekday this year does not mean there will be any fewer trick-or-treaters traipsing around the neighborhood. Since most adult Halloween parties will likely take place the weekend before, there may be fewer drunk drivers out on Tuesday, but parents still need to take steps to protect their children from pedestrian accidents.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, twice as many pedestrians die by being hit by a car on Halloween than they do on the average night.There are still ways to reduce the risk of sustaining serious injuries while trick-or-treating.
If someone in your family was hurt in a pedestrian accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the damages you incurred. Contact the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. to discuss the circumstances of the accident and determine the best way to proceed.
George R. Fusner Jr. has been practicing law for more than 40 years, and he has the knowledge and resources to help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 615-251-0005 to schedule a free case evaluation with an accident lawyer in Nashville.
Read on to learn how you can protect your kids from pedestrian accidents on Halloween night:
- When Designing Their Costumes
Add reflective tape to your children’s costumes and treat bags if they do not already have reflective elements of their own. You should also avoid buying or making billowing outfits that pose a tripping hazard. Additionally, do not let your kids wear masks that obstruct their vision in any way.
- When Planning the Route
Pick a route that has spacious sidewalks, crosswalks at all the intersections, and streetlamps on every corner. If your neighborhood does not fit the bill, consider loading everyone up in the car and going to a nearby neighborhood that does. You can turn the drive itself into a fun activity by looking for the scariest house decorations along the way.
- When Trick or Treating
Adult supervision is essential for a safe Halloween. Even if you trust your own children, you cannot trust the other people who might be in the neighborhood.
If your children are younger than 12, accompany them around the neighborhood. Wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight so you can see hazards ahead—and so motorists can see you.
Since your kids probably won’t be walking beside you all night, you should give them glow sticks to carry or wear, as well. These are more fun and festive than reflective tape, and they will provide one more layer of protection when it comes to ensuring passing motorists see them.
Sadly, pedestrians can take all the necessary precautions when walking at night and still end up in a devastating accident because of a drunk, distracted, or reckless motorist. If you or someone you love was struck by a motorist and sustained serious injuries as a result, turn to the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. for unparalleled legal representation.
A Nashville personal injury lawyer will evaluate your case, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 800-427-8960 or 615-251-0005 to schedule a free consultation. You can learn more about car accident claims in Tennessee by visiting USAttorneys.com.