Halloween is just a few short weeks away, which means it’s time to start thinking about how we can keep our kids – and everyone else – safe while out trick-or-treating Halloween night. With Halloween falling on a Tuesday this year, it is important to keep in mind that more people than usual will be out on the streets of Dallas both Halloween night and the weekend beforehand. From holiday costume parties to concerts and trick-or-treating little ones, to say a lot will be happening is an understatement. With that in mind, it is no secret that Halloween will impact hundreds of drivers and pedestrians.
As with many other holidays, Halloween is an evening where many people choose to drink alcohol. The problem is when those people make the poor decision to get behind the wheel of the car after drinking. When this happens, both pedestrians and drivers are at risk and need to be extra cautious. Unfortunately, Halloween is the second deadliest holiday behind New Year’s Day, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). This is why it is so important for both pedestrians and drivers to brush up on safety tips before the big holiday. On Halloween night, you will likely be dropping your kids off in different neighborhoods, waiting for them to go door-to-door and collect all sorts of goodies. This means there will be more cars on the neighborhood streets and other roadways than normal, which can lead to accidents. In addition to paying attention and staying alert, here are a few other ways you can stay safe on Halloween night:
● Parents should accompany children when trick-or-treating if they are young
● Make sure children know to walk, not run, from house to house
● Make sure children watch out for cars and don’t run across the street when it is not well lit
● Make sure children know to stay on sidewalks instead of walking between cars or own lawns
● Add some sort of reflective material to your child’s costume so they can be seen
● Give children a flashlight or another source of light if they are walking in the dark
● Drivers should slow down, especially in and around neighborhoods and residential streets
● Drivers should watch out for children who may dart in front of your vehicle
● Stay off your cell phone when driving! It is extremely dangerous to drive when talking on the phone or texting, especially on such a busy holiday like Halloween
● When dropping children off, pull over to a safe spot that is well lit before letting kids out
We hope these tips will help keep your kids and everyone else safe while out on the roadways this Halloween. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident on Halloween, please call Rad Law Firm right away so we can get started on your case. Our Dallas personal injury attorneys have your best interests in mind and will work hard to fight for your rights. Have a safe and happy holiday!