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Halloween safety: more than just refusing candy from strangers

Parents go to great lengths to ensure their children will be safe, and Halloween is no exception. However, a recent article reminds us that this annual night of scary costumes and tasty candy can also result in child injuries -- unless precautions are taken.

Although readers of this blog might be expecting a warning about accepting Halloween candy from strangers, data from the National Highway Safety Administration indicates that there may be a greater danger on this holiday: drunk driving. In comparison to the surrounding days, the frequency of fatal drunk driving crashes spikes on Halloween. In addition, drunk drivers also claim the lives of more pedestrians on Halloween, accounting for around 20 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents. 

So what can parents do to help their children stay safe on Halloween? First, texting or talking on a cellphone while walking can prove to be a dangerous distraction. A pedestrian preoccupied with his or her smartphone may forget to check traffic signals or look for oncoming traffic before crossing the street. When dressed up in a costume and surrounded by other friends in conversation, a young pedestrian may easily be distracted from taking normal pedestrian safety precautions.

A proactive approach will hopefully translate into a safe Halloween. However, if an accident does happen, a pedestrian victim may need an experienced personal injury attorney to advocate for just compensation. An attorney can work to hold the negligent driver accountable and go head-to-head with investigators from the negligent driver's insurance carrier. Of course, a strong case starts with solid evidence, so an attorney can investigate the accident scene, looking for evidence that will demonstrate negligence. Hopefully, those efforts will culminate in a persuasive case to present to the jury.

Source: USA Today, "Scary stuff: Halloween hazards are not just for kids," Kim Painter, Oct. 26, 2014

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