Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Oct 31, 2014 in Personal Injury
If your children are participating in Halloween traditions this year, you may be worried about whether trick-or-treating, parties, or even candy consumption will put your child at risk of injury. Luckily, keeping a few safety tips in mind can make all the difference.
The personal injury law offices of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings offers the following reminders to ensure the safety of your little ones during tonight’s Halloween festivities:
Cross Streets Safely
Remind kids that crosswalks are there for a reason! Street corners are the best and safest places to walk when changing sides of the street. Always check for traffic in both directions before setting foot out onto the road.
For older children or those with smartphones, remind them to keep their eyes off of that screen! It only takes a moment of staring at a text message for an accident to happen in the middle of a busy neighborhood street.
Have an Adult Chaperone
Sometimes young teens like to trick-or-treat in groups, but for children 12 and under it’s always important to have a responsible, adult chaperone in tow to look out for cars and monitor situations that could become dangerous or inappropriate.
Many people give out homemade snacks instead of prepackaged candy, and it’s important for trick-or-treaters to wait to eat these items until after they have been inspected by an adult. Not only could an allergen be present in a homemade treat, but there is zero regulation as to the safety of its contents. While it’s not pleasant to imagine, the person who prepared that item could have used toxic substances of even placed harmful, foreign objects into it. Checking out all food items prior to consumption is critical.
Driving? Look Out!
Trick-or-treaters aren’t the only ones who need to be extra careful Halloween night; even if you aren’t participating, chances are there will be a few young children going door-to-door in your neighborhood. If you plan to take a drive tonight, be on guard for pedestrians who may not know better than to dart out into the path of your oncoming vehicle.
Slow down and remain alert, especially in residential areas; take extra time to look for children at intersections, medians and on curbs; do not let distractions in your vehicle take your focus off of the task at hand; try to anticipate the areas with the heaviest pedestrian traffic, which will probably see trick-or-treaters between the hours of 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Getting Help for a Halloween Accident
In the worst case scenario, something does happen to your child; a negligent driver hits them while they cross at a designated crosswalk, or they are harmed on another person’s property. Whatever the case, if your child was hurt because of another person’s careless actions on Halloween, you could be entitled to compensation.
Call Stephens, Anderson & Cummings at (877) 920-9009 or fill out our free case evaluation form for help.
From all of us at S.A.C. Law—have a spooky and safe Halloween!