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Halloween is an exciting night where children get to dress up and collect loads of candy all night long. Unfortunately, as fun as it is, it is one of the most dangerous holidays. The night can turn deadly in the blink of an eye for pedestrians who are out trick-or-treating. There are more pedestrians on the road than normal. Pedestrians who are trick-or-treating are at an increased risk of being struck by a vehicle. Children are excited about Halloween and may run across the street unpredictably. Drivers must remain alert while driving on Halloween. In the unfortunate event you are injured in a pedestrian-related auto accident, reach out to an experienced New York City Pedestrian Accident Attorney.

What are some Halloween safety tips for drivers and pedestrians?

Tips for Drivers: 

If you are driving on Halloween, especially at night, you must proceed with extreme caution as children dart across the streets from house to house collecting candy. Drivers should follow some Halloween safety tips to ensure they are properly prepared. Drivers should always yield to pedestrians and never assume that a pedestrian sees them. Drivers must stay alert and remain vigilant of children darting across the street and between parked cars. Pedestrians are likely distracted by the thought of candy at the next house to remember to look both ways while crossing the street. Drivers should refrain from driving recklessly. They should drive slowly and turn on their headlights. Using their headlights will ultimately increase visibility for both pedestrians and other drivers. Drivers should also avoid using their phones while behind the wheel to ensure they have their eyes on the road. Furthermore, drivers should proceed with caution to ensure they don’t accidentally hit a pedestrian on Halloween.

Tips for Pedestrians:

If you are out trick-or-treating with your children, you should proceed with caution to ensure you are not involved in any collisions that could result in serious injury. As a pedestrian, you should never assume that a driver sees you. You must look both ways before crossing the road to ensure there are no vehicles approaching. Pedestrians should always walk on the sidewalk and cross only at corners. Pedestrians should never dart out into the street from behind parked cars or bushes. Young trick-or-treaters do not know the rules of the road. Children under the age of twelve should be accompanied by an adult who can help keep them safe. Parents should also dress their children in a costume that fits them properly. If the costume is too large, they may trip and fall onto the road. Ultimately, pedestrians should take extra precautions while trick-or-treating to ensure no collisions or injuries occur.

If you or someone you care about is injured due to a pedestrian-related auto accident this Halloween, don’t hesitate to contact a trusted New York City Personal Injury Attorney who can help you seek justice for any damages.

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