Happy Halloween! With more children than normal likely to be wandering through the residential streets of Boston after dark tonight, there are steps that motorists can take to avoid striking a young ghoul or witch walking on the road, including:
• Don’t pass stopped vehicles. There may be a young trick or treater getting out of the car or crossing the street.
• Don’t talk on the cell phone or text while driving.
• Drive slowly.
• Look out for kids that might suddenly run into the middle of the road in an attempt to cross it.
• Remember that not all young children know the rules of the road. Yield the right of way to young kids.
• Don’t drive drunk.
• Obey traffic laws.
If your child was injured in a Boston pedestrian accident while trick or treating, you may have grounds for a Boston injury case.
Steps that parents can take to help their kids avoid becoming involved in a Boston traffic crash:
• Teach them how to safely cross the street.
• Supervise them while they trick or treat.
• Choose costumes that are bright enough for motorists to see at night. You can also give your kids a flashlight or place reflective tape on their costumes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids have a four times greater chance of getting struck by a car on Halloween than during the rest of the year. Meantime, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that Halloween is one of the three days of the year when pedestrian injuries and deaths are at highest risk of occurring.
There may be more than one party who should be held liable for your child’s Boston injuries to a minor case. It is important that you start exploring your legal options as soon as possible.
Recovering from a Boston pedestrian injury can be tough-especially for young kids. In addition to the actual injury and the resulting physical pain, there also may be emotional trauma sustained as a result of getting hit by a motor vehicle. Medical and recovery expenses can take their toll on the family.
Halloween Driving Safety Tips, Progressive.com
Keeping Kids Safe on Halloween, Minnesota Safety Council (PDF)
Keep Your Pirate, Ghoul, or Ghost Safe on Halloween, Kingstowne.Patch.com
Related Web Resources:
Pedestrian Safety, SafeKids
Educating Child Pedestrians, WalkingInfo
Contact our Boston personal injury law firm to explore your legal options.