Halloween: The Scary Truth about Pedestrian Car Accidents

Posted on Sunday, October 18th, 2015 at 2:05 pm    

Halloween has always been one of my favorite nights of the year. I can still remember some of the costumes I wore as a kid decades ago. I can still identify the houses in the neighborhood that gave out the full size candy bars and the ones that gave out apples! One thing I can’t remember though is making sure that I didn’t run in front of a car while trick or treating.  That’s probably because I was a 6 year old boy and the last thing on my mind was crossing the street safely.  I didn’t even realize that I could get seriously injured or worse if a car hit me.

Twice As Many Children Are Hit By Cars On Halloween Than On Any Other Night Of The Year

Now that I am a father of two and have handled cases involving the devastation that a car can do to a child, Halloween has become one of the most anxiety producing nights of the year for me. Too often nowadays a night that should end at the kitchen table going over the night’s haul instead ends at the hospital due to a pedestrian motor vehicle accident. Statistically, twice as many children are struck and killed by cars on Halloween than any other night of the year. So this year as you get your children dressed in their favorite princess dress or pirate costume here are a few tips to keep your children safe:

  • Make sure your kids can be seen at all times. One good way to do this that is also fun for the kids is to buy some glow sticks or necklaces that they can wear. They’ll think it is fun and drivers will be able to spot them much easier. You can also add reflective tape to a costume.
  • Carry a flash light and only cross streets at the corner or a designated cross walk. Never cross between two cars.
  • Walk on sidewalks where possible and avoid walking in the street. Make sure drivers can and have seen you before attempting to cross the street.
  • Take a break from your cell phone. Put it in your pocket or better yet, turn it off and leave it at home. Your kids will appreciate the attention and you’ll appreciate the memories. Plus, it’s easier to get a picture of your children while you are still at home and before they are too worried about making it to the next house for fear that they may run out of candy.
  • Always make sure there is at least one responsible adult for every four children that are trick or treating.
  • Instead of masks use face paint and makeup. Masks can block your child’s vision and make it difficult for them to see and avoid being hit by a car.

From all of the personal injury lawyers and our staff at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC have a happy, and more importantly safe, Halloween. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian motor vehicle accident, please contact us today or call (215) 875-7030 for a free consultation.

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