Halloween can be an exciting night for both kids and adults alike. That said, with so many people out on the street, it can also be dangerous.
It’s important to understand the dangers of Halloween. Being aware of potential hazards and threats won’t ruin your fun. On the contrary, knowing how to stay safe and avoid personal injury makes it much easier to relax during the holiday. This is true whether you’re partying with friends or simply giving your kids advice for safe trick-or-treating.
Do you love Halloween? If so, stay safe by keeping the following essential tips in mind:
Avoiding Halloween Injuries: How to Limit the Dangers of Halloween
According to the National Safety Council, Halloween is one of the most dangerous times to be out on the road. In fact, even if you’re not behind the wheel, you can still be at risk. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that, compared to any other day of the year, children out on Halloween are more than twice as likely to die as a result of being struck by a car.
There are many reasons this is the case. One is the simple fact that there are generally more children and pedestrians out on the roads and sidewalks on Halloween than on most other nights. This naturally increases the risk of pedestrian deaths.
Additionally, drunk driving tends to be more common on Halloween. Thus, anyone on or near a road is at a higher risk of being harmed or killed.
You must drive as safely as possible if you’re going out on Halloween. If you’re participating in any social activities that may involve the possibility of consuming alcohol, make sure you have a way to get home that doesn’t involve driving yourself. It’s also essential to make sure no members of your group drive home after drinking.
If you are driving, exercise caution on the road, and keep an eye out for pedestrians. If you can avoid driving in general, doing so may be your best bet for staying safe.
Consider Costume Options Carefully and Thoroughly
Pedestrians who are struck by vehicles (or injured in similar ways) on Halloween are often wearing costumes that limit their field of vision. This is worth keeping in mind if you have children. When they’re deciding on a costume, make sure they don’t choose one that will prevent them from seeing and/or hearing clearly.
It’s also important to remember this if you plan on wearing a costume yourself. While getting dressed up and going out on Halloween can be fun for adults, it won’t be fun if you suffer injuries because your costume restricted your field of vision. It’s incredibly easy to step out onto a street and be struck by a vehicle because you didn’t see it coming. Avoid this by choosing the right costume.
You should also consider how the color of your outfit will impact visibility. Even if you can see the cars and other pedestrians, they might not be able to see you if your costume is too dark.
Understand the Dangers of Drunk Walking
Many people who go out to party on Halloween believe they are making a responsible choice by walking home instead of driving. This is an understandable assumption. After all, the risks of drunk driving (including “buzzed driving”) can’t be overstated.
The problem is, that doesn’t mean drunk walking is necessarily a better option. In fact, pedestrian deaths have been increasing across the country in recent years. Experts believe this is due to a rise in drunk walking. Quite simply, when you’re intoxicated, your ability to perceive your surroundings and make appropriate judgments is impaired. Drunk walkers are often injured because they step in front of vehicles. Sometimes this isn’t even because they didn’t see the cars. They were too intoxicated to gauge the speed and distance of a vehicle properly and thought they could safely cross the street when, unfortunately, they could not. Some drunk walkers are also injured because they accidentally stumble off the sidewalk and into traffic in their intoxicated state.
Once again, none of this is to suggest that you should drive home instead of walking home if you’ve been drinking. Instead, you need to find a
Review Safe Walking Rules
This is a tip worth remembering if you have children. If they’re allowed to go out trick-or-treating, the odds are good you’ve already taught them the essentials of safe walking. Your kids probably know to stop at the curb, and look both ways before crossing a street, stay on the sidewalk whenever possible, use crosswalks, etc.
However, on Halloween, it’s a good idea to go over these rules with your kids again. The excitement of trick-or-treating can cause many children to disregard rules they otherwise obey. They might have so much fun with their friends that they don’t think about possible hazards.
Make sure this doesn’t happen. Before your kids go trick-or-treating, sit them down and thoroughly review safe walking essentials. It’s also important that a responsible adult escort younger children who may not be ready to go trick-or-treating on their own.
Don’t Get Distracted
Distractions are abundant on Halloween. Whether you’re marveling at impressive costumes or taking smartphone pictures while celebrating with your friends, you can easily forget to pay attention to your surroundings.
Stay alert on Halloween. If you’re mindful of paying attention to your environment, you’ll be less likely to sustain harm.
Of course, Halloween injuries can happen. Should you get hurt this Halloween, you may want to file a personal injury claim. You’ll need advice from a personal injury lawyer to determine if this is the best course of action.
At K LAW, PLLC, you’ll find Florida personal injury attorneys qualified to provide the representation that you deserve if you’re injured as a result of someone else’s actions or negligence. To set up your free, confidential consultation, give us a call or fill out a request form online. And, of course, have a Happy (and safe!) Halloween!