Halloween is right around the corner, and that means it is time to start talking to your children about pedestrian safety - in your own words of course. The number of vehicle-pedestrian accidents rises every year on Halloween, simply because there are more pedestrians out and about.
Kids could run into the road without looking and drivers are often distracted. That combination can be a recipe for a very big disaster, and one every parent wants to avoid. By talking to your kids, watching out for them and ensuring that they know and understand the rules for trick-or-treating, the costumes can be the only scary part your Halloween.
Watch out for vehicles
Despite knowing that there will be kids on the streets in high numbers, some motorists still fail to pay enough attention. They're changing radio stations, putting directions into their GPS or texting on their phones while behind the wheel. That type of behavior is dangerous at any time, but it is much more of a problem when there are many pedestrians around.
Not all children are always going to remember not to step into the street, and even some teens and adults get caught up in what they're doing and forget that there are cars around. Watching out for vehicles is very important for everyone on Halloween to reduce the chances of an accident.
Make sure your kids are noticed
Dark costumes can be more dangerous, because it makes you and your children harder to see. Wearing something bright gets the attention of drivers, and that can reduce the risk of them hitting you or your child.
You also want to choose costumes that don't reduce or obstruct vision. If your kids can't see well, they may not notice a car coming. Not all neighborhoods have sidewalks, but you should definitely use them if they are available to keep the roads clear for vehicle traffic.
Carrying a flashlight can help, too, but you'll want to make sure you're not shining it into the eyes of other people - especially drivers coming down the road.
What happens if there's an accident?
No matter how many precautions you take, the possibility of an accident is still there. If you or a loved one gets hurt on Halloween, you don't want to wait to get help. Start with the medical attention your child needs - and something we probably don't have to tell parents to do.
What we often must remind parents of, is the fact that insurance companies aren't on their side - no matter how nice the adjuster might seem. Get an attorney involved early.
Although worrying about a lawsuit should never take precedence over worrying about your kids health... waiting can have consequences. One of them could be that you don't get the compensation you need to cover the full extent of medical and rehabilitative services your child needs to get healthy again.