Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for young children. For many parents, though, this holiday is a source of immense stress as they worry about their children’s safety.
That concern is certainly justified. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 children aged 14 and younger who died in traffic accidents in 2013 were pedestrians.
Fortunately, there are steps that parents can take to reduce their kids’ risk of injuries. To start, teach your children these six valuable lessons:
- Only cross the road at safe locations;
- Look left, right and left again before entering the street;
- Avoid distractions while walking;
- Make eye contact with drivers;
- Use sidewalks and pedestrian paths; and
- Be cautious when walking near parked and reversing cars;
Unfortunately, even the safest children can sustain injuries in pedestrian accidents. If your child falls victim to a negligent driver on Halloween, contact Morris Bart, LTD.
A Biloxi injury lawyer will help you pursue the maximum compensation for medical bills and other damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at six tips to help your kids avoid injuries on Halloween:
- Only Cross the Road at Safe Locations
This particular lesson is important for pedestrians of all ages. You and your children only should cross at street corners or using crosswalks. If there is no crosswalk, then use traffic lights to determine when it is safe to enter the street. Teach your kids always to be cautious when crossing – even if they have the right of way.
- Look Left, Right and Left Again before Entering the Street
Make sure your children know to look left, right and left again before they enter the street – even when they are at designated crosswalks.
- Avoid Distractions while Walking
SafeKids.org reminds parents that distracted walking is deadly. When your kids are trick-or-treating, make sure they are not wearing headphones or using their smartphones. Pedestrians must be able to hear approaching vehicles.
- Make Eye Contact with Drivers
If a driver does not make eye contact with a pedestrian, then there is a good chance that he or she is not paying attention. Instruct your kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- Use Sidewalks and Pedestrian Pathways
Children should always walk on sidewalks or pedestrian pathways. If possible, choose a trick-or-treating route that has a safe sidewalk.
- Be Cautious When Walking Near Parked and Reversing Cars
A parked car can start moving without notice, and drivers who are reversing may not see children in their blind spot. As such, your kids should know to be vigilant when walking near parked and reversing vehicles.
If the worst happens and your child sustains an injury on Halloween, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A Biloxi personal-injury attorney will help you claim compensation for medical bills and other damages.
Our firm has been representing the injured for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.