Halloween can be an exciting holiday for children and parents alike. People get to dress up, run around the streets in costume, and get candy. What could be better for a child? Unfortunately, Halloween is also the most dangerous day of the year for children.
More car accidents kill children and teenagers on Halloween than any other day of the year. Appriximately 47 youths aged 12 to 18 are killed every Halloween. This is a disturbing but not surprising statistic. Not only are children darting out into the street, often in dark costumes, or wearing masks which obscure their peripheral vision, but many adults get inebriated this time of year and then get behind the wheel. Even in cases where alcohol isn't involved, it's easy to hit a child running out into the street.
Keep Your Child Safe
To keep your child safe this Halloween, why not try the following instead:
- Make your child hold your hand while trick or treating
- Discuss the danger of darting into the street with your child
- Use well lit pathways and cross with groups of people
- Try trick or treating at a public location like a shopping mall or a community sponsored center
If Your Child Has Been Struck By a Car
If your child has been injured in a car accident, seek immediate medical attention. To preserve your rights, contact an attorney in the coming days. You could be entitled to compensation which will help you to pay the costly medical bills. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you to recover the compensation you need and deserve.