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The Scariest Thing about Halloween May Be Pedestrian Accidents

The Scariest Thing about Halloween May Be Pedestrian Accidents

An illuminated jack-o-lanternHalloween is known to bring out the ghosts and ghouls, but parents of trick-or-treaters should be worried about another terrifying specter: the risk of serious pedestrian accidents. While going from house to house in search of candy may seem like harmless fun, a combination of factors makes Halloween one of the most dangerous nights of the year for pedestrians. These factors include the fact the children are smaller than adults and are harder for motorists to spot, the potential for more drunk drivers on the road as a result of adult Halloween parties, costumes that are dark or inhibit visibility, and the fact that kids are more likely to behave unpredictably.

Reduce the Risk of a Halloween Tragedy

Fortunately, there are certain things that parents can do to reduce the risk the risk that their children will be involved in an accident. These include the following:

  • Make sure that an adult or an older, responsible child is supervising children under 12
  • Plan out a trick-or-treating route that avoids busy streets and Intersections
  • Tell your kids to only trick-or-treat in familiar areas and along your agreed-upon route
  • Establish a time that your kids will be expected home
  • Make sure that your children’s costumes are brightly colored. If possible, opt for face paint rather than a mask, which could make it difficult for them to spot oncoming traffic

What to Do if Your Child is Involved in an Accident

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are going to happen this Halloween, even if everyone is as safe as possible. In the event that your child is hurt by a motorist, there are certain steps that you should take in order to protect his or her rights. The most important of these include the following:

  • Call 911. It’s critical that your child receives the emergency medical care that he or she needs. In addition, calling will summon police to the scene, allowing them to determine if the driver violated any traffic laws or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Collect information. Get the driver’s name, address, and insurance information. If you can, get contact information from anyone that witnessed the accident take place.
  • Take your child in for a full medical evaluation. It’s critical for his or her injuries to be properly identified and documented for any insurance or legal claim that you file.
  • Contact an attorney as soon as you can, and do not discuss the accident without anyone (including an insurance company) until you have retained legal counsel.

Call Bice Law Today to Schedule a Consultation with a North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney

If you or your child was injured in a pedestrian accident on Halloween or any other day of the year, you should call a lawyer as soon as you can. At Bice Law, we are committed to helping injured victims recover compensation and will never collect a dime unless we get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in North Carolina, call our office today at 704-243-8778 or contact us online.

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