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Halloween Accident & Safety Statistics

Every year we see news reports on TV about parents who are concerned that the candy their kids get trick-or-treating has been poisoned or tampered with. Although this is an understandable fear that many parents have, research has consistently shown that more children are injured and killed on Halloween due to pedestrian accidents. In this blog, we discuss safety statistics for Halloween and give you a few tips that can help keep your children safe when they are trick-or-treating.

Important Safety Information for Parents

Because Halloween activities often occur at night, costumes that make it hard to see children in low-light increase the risk of pedestrian accidents. If your kids will be attending a Halloween party, visiting haunted houses, or trick-or-treating, make sure you remind them to be cautious when crossing streets and intersections.

Distracted drivers and drunk drivers are the most common cause of preventable automobile accidents. In fact, drunk driving incidents increase by 23% every Halloween. The pedestrian death rate is also twice as high for young children on Halloween.

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

  • Have a responsible adult accompany and supervise young children as they make their way from house to house.
  • If you have older children who will be trick-or-treating alone, you should plan and review a safe route for them to use.
  • Set a specific time that your children must finish trick-or-treating and return home by.
  • Tell your children to never enter the home or car of a stranger.
  • Remind your kids to put their phones away and to keep their heads up when walking across a street.
  • Your child’s costume and accessories should be fire-resistant.
  • Using reflective tape on your child’s costume and bag will make them more visible after dark.
  • To prevent skin and eye irritation, remove all makeup before your child goes to bed.
  • Motorists should keep a close eye out for children walking across streets and intersections.
  • Inexperienced drivers should avoid driving on Halloween.

Personal Injury Lawyer in San Jose

If you or a loved one suffers an accident injury this Halloween, you should immediately consult with our legal team to determine if you are eligible for financial compensation. We can review the details of your case and build a strong legal strategy that will allow you to obtain the justice you deserve. Let us use our skills and experience to assist you today.

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