It is an unfortunate fact that holidays tend to be the most dangerous times for drivers and pedestrians. According to USA Today, Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for young pedestrians. More than 110 pedestrians aged 18 and younger died on October 31 between 1990 and 2010.
If your child plans to trick-or-treat, it is important that he or she understands how to stay safe as a pedestrian. Drivers should also know how to avoid pedestrian accidents. If you intend to drive on Halloween, keep these six tips in mind:
- Be cautious in residential areas;
- Be alert at intersections;
- Exercise caution when entering and exiting alleys and driveways;
- Eliminate distractions;
- Reduce your speed; and
- Avoid driving at peak trick-or-treating times.
Unfortunately, not all drivers are responsible behind the wheel. If you or your child sustains an injury on Halloween, contact Morris Bart & Associates, LLC.
A Mobile auto accident attorney will help you pursue compensation for health-care expenses and other damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at six tips to help drivers avoid pedestrian crashes on Halloween:
- Avoid Driving at Peak Trick-or-Treating Times
This is the best way to minimize your risk of getting in a pedestrian crash on Halloween. Avoid driving during peak trick-or-treating times, which are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
- Be Cautious in Residential Areas
Residential neighborhoods will flood with young kids on Halloween – many of whom will be distracted by the excitement of trick-or-treating. If you drive though a residential area, reduce your speed and be alert for children.
- Be Alert at Intersections
Take additional time to look for children at intersections. Parents often instruct their kids to cross at intersections, but young children may not know how traffic works. They are unpredictable, so be vigilant even if you have the right of way.
- Exercise Caution When Entering and Exiting Alleys and Driveways
Pedestrians are often complacent when crossing driveways and alleyways. As a driver, you should be particularly vigilant when exiting driveways and alleyways – especially on Halloween night.
- Eliminate Distractions
Turn off your cell phone, don’t eat or drink, and avoid other distracted behaviors when you’re behind the wheel on Halloween. You never know when a child will dart in front of your vehicle.
- Reduce Your Speed
SafeKids.org reminds drivers to reduce their speeds when they encounter heavy pedestrian traffic. This will give you more time to notice and react to children on the roadway.
If you were injured in a crash in Alabama, contact a Mobile car accident attorney from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. We will investigate your case and guide you through the claims process.
Our legal team has been representing the injured for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.