Ghouls and goblins are not the scariest part of Halloween. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of children killed in pedestrian accidents between the hours of 4p and 10p doubles on this particular night. One reason for this is that with trick or treat, there are more kids out on the sidewalks and crossing streets.
Dark-colored costumes can make it hard to see pedestrians at night, especially if the individual are “kid-size.” Young children, excited by the occasion and buzzing on sugar from all the candy, may be more prone to run across the middle of the road and not pay attention to whether there is approaching traffic.
That said, drivers need to be aware that this type of bustling excitement happens on Halloween and they must exercise the necessary precautions to avoid becoming involved in a Boston pedestrian accident, including:
• Don’t drive drunk • Drive slowly-especially when on busy streets or in residential neighborhoods • Watch out for kids on the road • Don’t text while driving • Avoid talking on a cell phone or doing anything else distracting • Avoid residential shortcuts that may be more crowded with kids than usual
Massachusetts pedestrian accidents can lead to serious injuries, even death. No one-kids, their parents, or drivers-want anyone’s Halloween night to turn tragic. Unfortunately, traffic crashes do happen. Our Boston personal injury law firm can help you explore your legal options.
Traffic crashes are not the only danger on Halloween. Some costumes may fail to meet flammability standards and certain costume make up can be toxic. Lit candles, when left unattended, can be a fire hazard. Hosts of parties must make sure that their premises are free from safety hazards while maintaining an environment in which guests are safe from physical injury.
At Altman & Altman, our Boston products liability lawyers represent children and adults in cases against negligent manufacturers. We also have premises liability attorneys to handle injuries that occurred on other people’s property.
Please have a safe and happy Halloween!
SAFETY ADVISORY: NHTSA Offers Halloween Safety Tips, NHTSA, October 30, 2013
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