Although the average American spends more time behind the wheel during the day than at night, nearly half of all accidents happen after sunset, according to Forbes. With lower visibility and more drunk motorists on the road, the risk of crashing is much higher at night.
On Halloween, these dangers will be compounded by the flood of children who will hit the streets to trick-or-treat. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 40 million children in the United States will go trick-or-treating this year.
Unfortunately, children are easily distracted, and many do not understand how traffic works. Research from the child-injury prevention program Safe Kids Worldwide shows that only one-third of parents will talk to their children about the dangers of walking in the road at night on Halloween.
If the worst happens and your child sustains an injury while trick-or-treating, contact Morris Bart, LTD. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages.
Our legal team has been representing the injured for more than 30 years, and we have the knowledge, experience and resources to help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation with a personal-injury attorney in Biloxi.
5 Driving Habits That Will Help You Avoid Accidents on Halloween
Here are five tips to keep in mind if you get behind the wheel on Halloween night:
- Reduce your speed in residential areas;
- Be cautious when entering and exiting driveways and alleys;
- Do not engage in distracted behaviors behind the wheel;
- Arrange alternative transportation if you plan to consume alcohol; and
- Keep your distance from drivers who appear to be intoxicated.
The last point is often overlooked by drivers. The best way to avoid a drunk driving crash is not to drink and drive, but you cannot expect other motorists to behave responsibly.
As such, you should be on the lookout for drivers who show these signs of intoxication:
- Almost hitting a curb;
- Not turning on their headlights;
- Using the wrong turn signal;
- Abnormal braking or accelerating patterns; or
- Stopping well before or after a stop line.
If you believe that a driver is intoxicated on Halloween night, it is critical that you contact law enforcement immediately. However, you should not try to stop the driver; rather, take these three steps:
- Keep your distance from that vehicle;
- Write down the make, color and model of the car, as well as the license plate number; and
- Call the police.
If you or your child suffers an injury on Halloween, turn to a personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart, LTD. Our legal team will evaluate your case and explain your options.
A Biloxi accident lawyer from our firm will gather evidence, interview witnesses, assess doctors’ records and the police report, and help you pursue the maximum settlement. If your case goes to trial, we have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.