Halloween night is an exciting and fun-filled night for the whole family, especially for kids who are ready to go trick-or-treating. Parents and adults usually have plans for Halloween parties or other events as well. With more people on the streets, accidents are bound to happen. Families and friends should be extra careful between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. when the most serious car and pedestrian crashes occur.
5 Tips for Safe Driving on Halloween
- Drive slowly and be aware of stopped vehicles. Be a cautious driver the entire night, and don’t pass stopped vehicles that might be dropping off children on the side of the road.
- Don’t use your cell phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you have stopped or parked your vehicle to call or text.
- Watch out for children in the street. Some normal traffic rules might go out the window on Halloween night. Kids could be crossing the street at any time, and most child pedestrian fatalities will happen in the middle of the road rather than at an intersection.
- Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop if they don’t see your vehicle coming or they don’t understand how to safely cross the street. Either way, it’s safer for everyone for drivers to yield for trick-or-treating pedestrians.
- Ensure communications with other drivers. Use your turn signals the whole night, and if you need to pull over on the side of the road to pick up or drop off your kids, flip on your hazard lights.
If you or your child suffer injuries on Halloween night due to another driver’s negligent or reckless driving, you should contact an attorney immediately. Our personal injury lawyers at Polinsky Law Group, LLC can offer you a free consultation, so call us today.