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Halloween Safety Tips: Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents

With Halloween almost upon us, many of your children are probably spending their school days thinking of a cool costume, or arranging plans to trick or treat together on Wednesday. Halloween is one of the most fun nights any kid has during their year, but it may also be one of the most dangerous. Whether you are a parent, a child, or simply a motorist driving on Halloween, our lawyers want to remind you that it is important to stay safe and alert while out on the streets.

Halloween can be as scary for parents as it is for children; and while stories about tainted candy and child abductions seem to be prevalent, they are very rare. Most of the time, the real Halloween headlines involve children being hit by vehicles while out trick or treating.

The mixture of the early onset of darkness in October, and the estimated 40 million dark costumed children flooding the streets on October 31st can be a deadly combination. In fact, statistics show that kids are four times more likely to be hit by a car on this night than any other night of the year. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

Halloween night is exciting for children, and this excitement means they may not always be thinking about the dangers of running around through the streets at night. Remember to make sure to talk to your children about how to stay safe, and remind them to:

• Use flashlights, glow-sticks, or reflective clothing so that motorists can see you.
• Always be aware of where they are, and have an adult with them to help when needed and supervise.
• Stop at all corners and before crossing the street and look both ways to ensure a safe crossing.
• Make sure they are able to see out of their mask, and are able to move in their costume without tripping. Not being able to see, or tripping in the middle of the road can be very dangerous.

Drivers should also pay close attention on Halloween and be aware of the increased number of children and stopped vehicles on or near busy roadways. Pedestrian accidents kill close to 5,000 people every year. Our attorneys know that when someone experiences an injury, especially a child, at the hands of a reckless or negligent driver, it can be very emotional for the entire family.

Loss of a limb, nerve and spinal cord damage, and neck and head injuries are just some of the life altering results of pedestrian car accidents. In addition, families are left with burden of caring for their child while they recover, as well as paying their medical bills.

Our Illinois accident lawyers will fight to make sure that if you or your child are injured by the negligence of a driver, that you get the compensation you need to pay bills, and make sure you don’t suffer financially after this kind of tragedy.

If you think you may have a case, or there is any way we can help you with a legal issue, please call us at 877-374-1417 for a free consultation. From all of us at Levin & Perconti, we wish you and your family a happy and safe Halloween!