As Halloween arrives, your children are likely buzzing with excitement about going trick-or-treating in their costumes. While this is an exciting time for little ones, it can be anxiety-inducing for parents, as there are many risks that can lead to injuries for children during this holiday. That’s why you must prepare your children for a fun and safe Halloween. The following blog explores the steps to reduce the risk of injuries and how personal injury attorneys can help you if you or your child sustain injuries while hunting for candy.
What are the dangers associated with Halloween?
Unfortunately, one of the most common risks associated with Halloween is pedestrian accidents. Though drivers should be aware of children crossing the road to trick-or-treat in other neighborhoods, many do not take precautions to slow down and check for children before moving through stop signs. Additionally, drivers backing out of driveways may not see children walking behind their vehicles, leading to injuries.
Though it’s unpleasant to think about, many use Halloween as a time to let loose and have fun. Unfortunately, this increases the risk of drunk driving accidents. Even if trick-or-treaters do everything right when going door-to-door, injuries can still arise if drivers are under the influence.
Another common cause of injuries is slips and falls. When property owners decorate their homes for the holiday, they have a responsibility to ensure walkways are clear of hazards or that any potential risks are clearly marked.
How can I reduce the risks for a safe Halloween?
If you’re getting your children ready for Halloween night, one of the most important things you can do to help keep them safe is to teach them how to safely cross the street. This includes informing them to only cross at designated crosswalks, not to walk out into the middle of a street, and to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of their vehicles. Additionally, you should teach older children not to look at their phones while walking, as it can lead to injuries.
When it comes to slips and falls, you may not be able to prepare for negligent property owners, but you can help improve your child’s mobility and visibility to reduce the risk of injuries. For example, face paint over masks can help ensure your child can see clearly. Additionally, ensuring your child’s costume fits properly and isn’t too long can help avoid tripping.
What should I do if my child is hurt while trick-or-treating?
If your child is injured on Halloween due to a negligent driver or property owner, knowing how to proceed is necessary, as you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you endured. The most important thing you should do is seek medical attention for your child to ensure the injuries they endured are cared for.
Next, you’ll want to ensure you file a police report, especially if your child was hit by a speeding, drunk, distracted, or otherwise negligent driver.
Finally, it’s critical to reach out to the team from Friedman Schuman. Our dedicated attorneys understand how challenging these circumstances can be, so we’re dedicated to helping you receive the justice your child deserves. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you.