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How to Avoid Trick or Treating Injuries
Did you know that, statistically, Halloween night is the deadliest day of the year for pedestrians being struck by automobiles? When compared to any other day of the year, nearly three times as many pedestrian deaths occur on this holiday. According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 19% of these pedestrian deaths involve alcohol. This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday, which could increase the chances of a pedestrian accident occurring. Trick or treaters cannot always rely on motorists to take their safety into consideration or to follow the rules of the road. Therefore, it’s up to pedestrians to ensure their own safety while trick or treating.
Follow the Rules of the Road
While out trick or treating, the safest method of ensuring you do not become an accident victim is to follow the rules of the road. You should always use sidewalks and crosswalks, and you should pay careful attention to traffic lights and stop lights. If you travel in a group, this will reduce your chances of being struck by a motorist, because a driver is more likely to see a group of people instead of a single individual. Even in a group, children under the age of 12 should always be accompanied by an adult.
The type of costume you are wearing will play a significant role in your own safety and ability to avoid becoming the victim of an accident. If you plan on trick or treating, you should be dressed in a safe costume. Children especially should be able to move freely in their costume, without worrying about tripping, and they should be able to see clearly. Most Halloween costumes tend to be ghoulish and dark, but strategically placing reflective tape on a costume can be a lifesaver. Parents and trick or treaters can better prepare ahead of time by knowing what type of lighting is available along their route.
The Accident Statistics
According to statistics, teenagers have the highest risk of being involved in an accident. If you plan on letting your teenager out to trick or treat, take a moment to inspect what type of costume they’ll be wearing. Minimize their chances of becoming an accident victim by taking a moment to sit down and talk with them about trick or treating safety. A simple tip you can pass along to trick or treaters of any age is to make eye contact with an oncoming motorist before stepping out into the street. This will assist them in feeling confident that the driver has seen them.
No amount of precautions and preparing can ensure a person’s safety 100% on Halloween. However, the more trick or treaters are prepared, the less likely they will be injured or worse. Should the unthinkable happen, and you or your child is injured in an accident, it is imperative to remember that you have legal rights. Your first step should be to seek immediate medical attention. Your second step should be to contact an experienced New Hampshire personal injury attorney who can explain your rights to you. Our NH personal injury lawyers will document each element of what has occurred and guide you through each step of the legal process to ensure a full recovery.
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