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Tomorrow night is the night that children of all ages wait for – Halloween. Who doesn’t love to go out trick-or-treating, collecting all that yummy candy? But Halloween can also be one of the most dangerous nights of the year for children, especially in those communities where Halloween events take place in the evening and nighttime hours when the sun has set and it is dark out.

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Halloween Pedestrian Safety

When it comes to child safety, witches and ghosts are the least of our worries. Safety advocates throughout the country remind parents that it is critical to teach and prepare children with safety information and how they need to behave to keep them safe after the sun goes down. Drivers also need to be alert and aware that the streets and roads will be filled with children going house to house. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state remind drivers to be aware of the following:

  • Stay focused and alert: There will be children dressed in dark colors running from house to house, excited about night’s events and may not be paying attention. Instead, drivers need to be paying attention and be prepared in case a child suddenly runs into the street. Drive slowly and with caution, especially in neighborhoods.
  • Yield: Drivers should yield to pedestrians. Children may not always wait until they are at a crosswalk, especially if houses are spread out on the street they are on.
  • Be careful and cautious: Even though parents should teach children to “stop, look, and listen” before they cross the street, drivers should be alert of the possibility that a child may get so excited, they just may run to cross the street without looking first.

Parents can also help reduce the risk of children being injured in a car accident on Halloween. Some of the more common tips include:

  • Make sure children are wearing light-colored costumes and carrying flashlights, reflectors, glo sticks, or some other visual safety aids.
  • Make sure children walk and do not run. Encourage children to always use sidewalks and that they are wearing safe and comfortable shoes and keep their costume at a safe length, so your child won’t trip. Try to plan out their trick-or-treating route before leaving the house.
  • Make sure your child’s vision is not blocked by their costume in any way.

Make sure drivers can see your children. Teach your child to make eye contact with drivers and make sure the driver sees them before trying to cross the street.

Contact a Virginia Car Accident Attorney

Unfortunately, no matter how safe we are, there is often someone else who isn’t. If you or a family member has been injured in a vehicle accident, contact a Virginia personal injury attorney to discuss what legal recourse you may have against the at-fault driver.

 

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