Halloween is just around the corner, and many children and adults are looking forward to celebrating Halloween. For children, trick-or-treating is the main event. Many children dress up in costumes and walk from house to house getting candy. For adults, they attend Halloween parties where alcoholic beverages are often served. As a result, pedestrian-car accidents are also more likely to happen on Halloween night.
Children are especially at risk of getting hit by a car in Ontario while trick-or-treating, for several reasons. Children may wear costumes that have hoods which interfere with their line of sight to see oncoming traffic. Costumes that are dark in color make it difficult for drivers to see the children. Younger children who are smaller in size may also be difficult to spot if they are standing between cars waiting to cross the road. Excited children are prone to running out into the street without looking. Lastly, there may be more impaired drivers on Ontario roadways leaving parties. All of these factors combine to increase the chance of pedestrian-car accidents.
Below are some tips for parents to prevent catastrophic pedestrian-car accidents this Halloween.
Young Children Need to be Accompanied at All Times
Parents should not let young children cross the street themselves. Parents should also not let the kids go ahead on the sidewalk to the next house by themselves. Cars may be backing out of driveways between houses. Due to the size of young children, drivers may not see them as they are backing up. Therefore, make sure young children are accompanied at all times.
Do not Cross the Street Between Cars
It is important that children and teenagers do not cross streets while walking between cars. It is difficult to spot children walking or standing between cars at night. Children should cross at cross walks, street corners or intersections.
Make Your Child Visible in the Dark
If possible, parents can select bright colored costumes to make children visible. In addition, parents can have children wear glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces to make them more visible to others while walking.
Ontario Pedestrian-Car Accidents
In the event that a pedestrian-car accident happens, it is important to call the police right away. It is also important to seek immediate medical attention. While waiting for the police and paramedics to arrive, it is important to gather information, i.e., the driver’s information, witness information, etc.
Because pedestrian-car accidents often lead to serious injuries, it is important to talk to an experienced Ontario pedestrian-car accident lawyer if you are involved in such an accident. A seasoned car accident lawyer will be able to guide you through the accident benefits claim process and help you recover financial compensation from the responsible driver in a tort claim.