Halloween is just days away and that means there will be all kinds of little ghosts and goblins walking North Carolina neighborhoods trick-or-treating. Drivers should be extra cognizant of all the children who are out, running from house to house, collecting as much candy as they can.
There are safety tips that all drivers on the road can follow, especially between the hours of 4:00 to 8:00 pm when many towns observe the holiday.
- Do not pass any stopped vehicles. The driver may be dropping off children
- Put your cell phone away. Drivers should always avoid any activity that will distract them, but it is particularly critical on an evening when the streets are full of small children and their parents.
- Watch out for children who may dart out or run across the street. Most children are very excited to be out trick-or-treating and may not be paying attention to safety rules their parents have taught them because of that excitement. Rules such as only crossing at crosswalks may suddenly be forgotten when there is that one house across the street that they have missed.
- When you are driving through neighborhoods, make a concerted effort to visually scan the front, sides, and back of your vehicle, watching for children.
There are also safety tips that parents should follow to help ensure their children are safe from vehicles.
- Have an adult accompany any children under the age of 12 when they are trick-or-treating.
- Plan out the route your children will take ahead of time and discuss the details with your children.
- Make sure the routes you do take are in familiar areas. Stop only at well-lit houses to help avoid other types of accidents, such as a slip or fall.
- Go over pedestrian safety rules before the trick-or-treating begins. If your route does not have sidewalks, make sure to walk on the left side of the road, against the traffic.
- Make sure children are wearing bright colors, including reflective tape on their candy bags/buckets and costumes.
- If your child is wearing a facial disguise, make sure it does not obstruct their vision at all. It is best to avoid masks altogether.
- Have your child carry a flashlight and make sure they know to never shine it into drivers’ eyes.
Contact a Carolinas Injury Attorney
Unfortunately, no matter how safe we are, there is often someone else who isn’t. If you or a family member has been injured in a vehicle accident, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to discuss what legal recourse you may have against the at-fault driver.