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Traffic Safety Tips for the Deadliest Night of the Year: Halloween

According to a story by ABC News, the American Automobile Association reports that Halloween night – the night of October 31 – is the deadliest night of the year for car accidents. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers want you and your family to stay safe on what should otherwise be an enjoyable kid-friendly celebration.

In order to avoid potential danger, individuals should take precautions when approaching the roadways, either as a driver or a pedestrian. The American Automobile Association (AAA) provided a number of safety suggestions, and we’ve augmented their ideas to help provide the best advice to keep you safe.

1. When driving a car, watch out for kids. Trick-or-treaters may be eager to get from door to door, and may dart out into traffic without watching where they’re going. Additionally, masks may restrict children’s’ vision, making them unable to see oncoming traffic. Finally, costumes with dark colors may make children hard to see, especially if you’re not actively looking for them. On the other hand, if you are alert to the possible danger of kids in the roadway, you may be able to avoid a potential collision
2. Watch out for other drivers. Halloween, while largely a holiday for children to collect candy, is also an excuse for adults to have fun, too. However, when a grown-up gets behind the wheel after having had too much to drink, he or she is a serious hazard to him- or herself and to other people on the road. Don’t be the person who drinks and drives, and be aware that other drivers might not be at their prime. Alcohol and the road are never a good combination.

3. Slow down. According to the AAA’s safety suggestions, an accident involving a pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be fatal if a car is travelling at 35 mph instead of 25 mph. Slowing down, especially in neighborhoods where children are trick-or-treating, may help prevent pedestrian deaths.

4. Try to avoid neighborhood routes. Trick-or-treaters are more likely to be present in residential areas, so if possible, try to avoid neighborhood roadways. Instead, take major commercial roadways that don’t have many houses lining either side.

5. Parents should alert children to the dangers of traffic, and should select costumes with bright or reflective parts to make kids visible to drivers. If possible, parents should also accompany young children when trick-or-treating, and advise kids to look both ways before crossing the street. Keeping children out of oncoming traffic is the biggest factor in preventing collisions.

Ideally, Halloween scares should only involve ghosts and goblins – not car accidents. If we all do our part to be aware of potential dangers, we can make sure that those hazards never turn into real injuries.

Our attorneys want Halloween to be a fun time for everyone, and have a lot of great ideas about keeping children safe while trick-or-treating. Please also enjoy these Halloween safety tips from our Chicago personal injury attorneys:

We wish you a safe and happy Halloween!