While the Halloween holiday can be fun, it is important to remember to stay safe to avoid accidents and injury. On average, children are twice as likely to be struck by a car as any other day of the year. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regularly rates Halloween as one of the most dangerous days for pedestrian injuries and death, especially when alcohol is involved. There are aspects of Halloween that are supposed to be scary, but there is nothing more scary than being involved in an accident that causes injury or death. Fortunately, many accidents on Halloween can be avoided with practicing a few Halloween safety tips to avoid accidents.
A helpful tip to reduce the number of pedestrian vehicle accidents on Halloween is to ensure that your child’s costume is easy to see. It is a good idea to wear costumes that are light or reflective. This makes them easier to see for drivers. If your child is insistent on wearing a dark colored costume, having them wear reflective tape or carry a flashlight can help increase visibility. When purchasing costumes make sure that they are not too long to prevent tripping and that the costumes are flame resistant. A flame resistant costume will help reduce the risk of burns from jack-o-lanterns or luminaries. Finally, despite their excitement, encourage your children to walk from house to house rather than run.
Driving on Halloween Night: Avoid Car Accidents
As a driver on Halloween, it is very important to use extra caution, as children who are enthusiastic may dart out into the street without looking for traffic. In busy residential areas it may be necessary to drive below posted speed limits. Reducing speed and keeping a watchful eye for children can greatly reduce the risk of injury and car accidents.
Homeowners Responsibility on Halloween
If you plan on having trick or treaters come to your residence, there are several things you can do to reduce the possibility of an accident on your property. While having a dark lawn can be spooky, it is important to make sure that walkways through your property and stairways are lit well and are not slippery or covered in debris that may cause children to fall. In South Carolina you have a duty to ensure that all invited guests on your property remain safe or at least aware of potential hazards. This duty extends to potential trick or treaters and their parents who may be accompanying them.
Wishing you a Safe and Happy Halloween
The lawyers at Surasky Law wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween. If your child is injured in an accident on Halloween, whether by a vehicle or on someone’s property, do not delay in contacting us, as many cases only have a limited time for filing. We can help protect your rights and work to get you the compensation you deserve.