According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Halloween ranks second for the most pedestrian fatalities in the year.

In 2017, October ranked second for all motor vehicles deaths by month with a total of 3,700 fatalities.

To help ensure adults and children have a safe Halloween, here are a few safety tips everyone can follow.

Child Safety:

  • All young children should be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating.
  • Make a safe route and meeting spot for older children who are going alone.
  • Teach children to never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Only travel in well-lit, familiar areas.
  • Do not eat any candy until inspected at home.
  • Keep all electronic devices away while walking to avoid distractions.
  • Consider using some type of reflective tape either on costumes or bags; this will help drivers see children better

Driver Safety:

  • Watch for children walking on medians, roadways and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways carefully.
  • Be aware that children may be wearing darker clothing and they may try to cross the street between parked cars.
  • Try to avoid neighborhoods and highly populated residential areas during trick-or-treat.
  • The best thing to do when driving on Halloween is to drive slowly. Driving slowly can make the difference between life and death in the event of an accident. 

Recovering compensation after an accident.

Do not let this Halloween turn tragic. Make sure you are doing everything you can as a driver or a parent to ensure that children have a safe and fun Halloween.  If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by someone’s carelessness on the road, contact Berger and Green today. 

Call 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh at Berger and Green today.

Source: National Safety Council, “Halloween Safety On and Off the Road”