Halloween is known for scares, but not all of them are fun.
Here's a horrifying fact: Children are more than twice as likely to be killed in a car accident on Halloween than on any other day of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit that promotes methods and equipment to reduce childhood injuries.
In Orlando, the risks may be even higher. For the last two years in a row, the city has been named the "most dangerous transportation city in the U.S. for pedestrians," according to Street Light Data. In the Orlando metro area, about 75 pedestrians die in fatal crashes every year. Downtown and Holden Heights are among the neighborhoods reporting the most crashes.
The Cerasa Law Firm LLC knows the risks our community faces on the roadway. Our legal team works hard to help Orlando-area accident victims get the compensation they need. There are things parents, kids, and motorists can do to reduce the risk of a Halloween-night injury. The National Safety Council is sharing tips on how to have a safe Halloween, and now so are we.
Check out what you can do to help prevent a car crash or pedestrian accident this Halloween.
Halloween Safety Tips
One of the biggest factors that can increase a person's risk of getting in a crash is low visibility. If a driver can't see you, they can't avoid hitting you. Most kids need their Halloween costumes to be just right, so making safety alterations may be tough. But safety has to come first, and little additions can make a big difference.
- All costumes, wigs, and accessories should be flame-resistant
- Children should affix reflective tape to their costumes and bags or carry glowsticks or flashlights
- If possible, choose nontoxic costume makeup over Halloween masks that can obstruct the wearer's vision
Lower-Risk Trick or Treating
- An adult must accompany young children while they go door to door.
- Older children who go out alone should review their routes with parents beforehand and agree to a specific time to come home.
- Make sure your child knows that they should never get into a stranger's car or enter their home — even on Halloween.
- Stick to using familiar, well-lit routes.
- Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home where you can inspect them.
- Do not use electronic devices while out trick or treating. Adults and children need to keep their heads up and stay alert.
Halloween Tips For Drivers
Adults and children have a big responsibility to stay safe while enjoying the holiday, but so too do drivers. You can't always count on children to follow the typical rules of the road; you have to take responsibility, stay alert and drive carefully on Halloween. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs — they may suddenly dart out into traffic.
- Do not speed.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys with extreme care.
- Keep an eye out for children in dark clothing.
New and inexperienced drivers should avoid getting behind the wheel on Halloween if at all possible. It's a unique driving environment that requires experience to navigate safely.
Help For Orlando Accident Victims
When someone in Central Florida is injured due to the negligence of another, it is important that they consult with an attorney right away. You need a clear understanding of your rights and options. To get a substantial payout for your injuries and other damages you need to give your attorney time to investigate, negotiate, and, if necessary, file a civil lawsuit on your behalf before the statute of limitations expires.
The Cerasa Law Firm has a reputation for conducting thorough accident investigations. When we demand maximum compensation for you, our arguments are backed by solid evidence the insurance companies find hard to ignore. Our law firm offers free case evaluations to injured accident victims and we work on contingency. If you or your child was injured due to someone else's negligence, contact us to schedule your free consultation and learn more about what The Cerasa Law Firm can do to help.