Safety Tips for One of the Most Dangerous Nights: Halloween

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585.

Halloween is next Tuesday. Let's take a minute to review some basic safety tips to keep your children safe. According to CDC statistics kept between 1975 and 1996, child pedestrian fatalities are four times higher on Halloween evening when compared to all other evenings during the course of the year. Halloween has become in recent years as much of an adult holiday as a child holiday. NHTSA reports that on Halloween in 2012 48% of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers compared to 31% on an average day that year and that 28% of those crashes involved pedestrians compared to 14% on an average day. When trick-or-treating please remember:

  • Children should be accompanied by an adult
  • Older children should travel in groups   
  • Trick-or-treaters should have flashlights, glow sticks, and reflective articles of clothing
  • Don't wear disguises that obstruct vision
  • Stay on sidewalks or off the roadways
  • Walk facing traffic
  • Look both ways before crossing and use crosswalks and intersections to make crossings
  • In addition to looking, listen for traffic
  • Never come out into the street from between parked cars or run into the street
  • Parents should establish a time for their older children to return home and should have set check-in times by mobile phone

Halloween should be a fun night for children. The tips above are by no means all-inclusive. Please remember to use common sense to keep your children safe on Halloween. If you or a loved one have been injured in a Halloween accident contact attorney Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation today.

The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.