According to Safe Kids USA, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween night than the rest of the year. As drivers, we need to do our part to keep trick-or-treaters safe from harm. Here are a few pointers:
1. BE ESPECIALLY ALERT: Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush hour period–between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
2. DRIVE MORE SLOWLY: Despite what we tell our kids, the fun of Halloween will result in kids running out into the road to get to that house with the best candy and dart out between vehicles. All drivers need to slow down and anticipate heavier pedestrian traffic.
3. LIGHTS ON: Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances.
4. CELLPHONES OFF: If you are talking on the cellphone, you are not paying attention to the road well enough to avoid a darting vampire, ghost, princess, or superhero. Get off the phone. Even if it is just for tonight.
If you or your child is injured this Halloween because of the negligence of a driver, you should consult with an attorney right away. My law firm has been representing those injured in Florida car accidents and work comp injuries for over 52 years.
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