Whether you’re taking your children out trick-or-treating or heading out for a night on the town with friends, it’s important to keep in mind some basic Halloween safety tips.
Increased foot traffic on Halloween in the evening and after dark compel drivers to keep and extra close eye out for pedestrians. From 4 to 8 pm tend to be the busiest hours in most parts of town when the trick-or-treat ghoulies will be about. Excited kids looking for that next candy bar or other treat cometimes don’t think smart. So drivers must keep an extra vigilant lookout for any who might dart into the street.
Stopped vehicles during trick-or-treating hours are often dropping off or picking up young children. So pass them with extreme caution. If you are a parent dropping off or picking up your own children, don’t forget to turn on your hazard lights. Also, if you add reflective tape to your children’s costumes to make they are more visible to other drivers when walking or entering and exiting your vehicle.
Reducing your speed is an easy way to prevent Halloween accidents. If you’re driving a little slower, you’ll be able to better respond to any sudden changes in traffic. Eliminate distractions in your car as well. Taking your eyes off the road to fiddle with the stereo or answer a phone call can easily cause a vehicle accident.
Don’t Drink and Drive
With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, many people will also be heading out to their favorite watering hole. If you go out partying with friends, appoint a designated driver to make sure everyone gets home safely. Even if you’re lucky enough not to have an accident and destroy another person’s life while behind the wheel, a single DUI can lead to thousands of dollars in legal fees and increased insurance costs.
In addition to appointing a designated driver, keep a sharp eye out for others who might be in no condition to drive. If you see a driver who is tailgating, weaving, drifting across traffic lanes, stopping without cause, and/or straddling the center lane marker, he or she may be intoxicated. Do not try to confront a drunk driver on your own. Pull over to a safe location and call 911. You’ll be asked to provide your location, a description of the vehicle, and a list of the behaviors you witnessed that led you to believe the driver may be intoxicated.
How Can We Help?
Although there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of being involved in a traffic accident on October 31, you can’t always account for the behavior of others. If you or someone you love has been injured due to the actions of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Holzer Edwards at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.