It’s no surprise that more kids get injured in pedestrian accidents in Texas on Halloween than on any other night of the year. But what you might not know is that most Texas child pedestrian accidents on Halloween are absolutely preventable.
Here are our top Halloween Safety tips:
- Pick a safe costume. Avoid a costume that blocks your peripheral vision (such as a mask with small eye holes), a costume that is difficult to see in the dark (such as an all-black robe) or a costume that you could trip on (like a long skirt). All three choices could increase your risk of a pedestrian accident.
- Don’t plan a route that zigzags across streets. Instead, pick a route in which street crossing is kept to a minimum. Try trick-or-treating down the side of one street, crossing at one end, and then making your way back on the other side of the street.
- Make sure cars can see you. Carry flashlights, wear reflectors, get glow sticks, or make sure your costume is bright. It’s good to look out for cars, but it’s even better if they can see you, too.
- Pick a safe neighborhood. If your neighborhood has heavy traffic, a lack of street lights, no sidewalks, or homes that are too far apart, consider driving to a different neighborhood for trick-or-treating.
- Remember that there is safety in numbers. Never go trick-or-treating alone. If more kids go together, they will be safer and easier to see.
- Bring along a parent. Younger children will always be safer if there is an adult to help them plan their route, cross the street, and stay in safe neighborhoods.
- Don’t forget basic pedestrian safety rules. It might be a holiday, but the rules for crossing the street stay the same: look both ways, use crosswalks, and never run across the street.
If your child has been injured in a Texas auto-pedestrian accident – on Halloween or on any other night – make a free, confidential appointment with one of our Texas personal injury attorneys today.