The risks of a child being involved in a pedestrian accident are much higher on Halloween than during any other night of the year. This particular night every year, approximately 4,000 children between the age of five and 14 are injured in pedestrian accidents, compared to 1,000 children during the rest of the year.
It's not just the fact that there are more numbers of enthusiastic little children on the streets. It's also the fact that these children are in cumbersome costumes that can cause them to trip and fall while walking on a crosswalk, or prevent them from seeing the road clearly. Besides, ornate masks and eye gear might obstruct visibility, preventing the child from noticing your car. Driving in Los Angeles can be a challenge any day of the year, but Los Angeles child injury lawyers would encourage extra special care on Halloween.
Obviously, driving under the influence increases your risk of striking a little child. Also, ensure that your attention is 100% focused on the road by switching off your cell phone. Be prepared for little children darting from behind cars or at intersections.
Parents can minimize the risks of an accident involving their little ones by making sure that they chaperone or escort their children on Halloween. For very young kids, opt for a group celebration at a common venue instead. Teach your child basic traffic safety rules, and avoid visiting busy streets. Give your child a flashlight or glow stick to make him easily visible to drivers. Keep the costume simple, and avoid long flowing gowns that can trip your child. Avoid elaborate masks and huge hats that can reduce visibility. Bright reflective costumes can make your child more visible to motorists. If the costume is dark, add reflective strips to it.