When children are out on New Jersey streets in costume on Halloween, parents may want to be extra-cautious of vehicles. While it's a night of fun and enjoyment for many, it's also an evening when the risks are higher for auto accidents involving pedestrians.
The National Highway traffic Safety Administration records indicate that nearly 30 pedestrians are killed nationally each year on Oct. 31. These statistics are about three times as many as those occurring on other days throughout the year. Although many organizations make efforts to raise awareness, the latest data regarding pedestrian accidents indicate an increase in fatalities between 2009 and 2010. Whether on foot or in a vehicle, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety gave some advice when it comes to protecting pedestrians.
Parents are advised to accompany children under the age of 12 while they are trick-or-treating. Furthermore, it's recommended that children travel in groups, which may be easier for drivers see. Adding reflective tape or paint to costumes might also allow drivers to see people walking along the streets. Likewise, drivers might wish to avoid shortcuts through neighborhoods and drive with a heightened sense of awareness. If driving trick-or-treaters from house to house, parents might allow passengers to enter and exit the vehicles on the passenger side only.
Pedestrians who are injured as a result of a negligent driver may suffer potentially serious or injuries. The recovery process may take its toll on a person while affecting his or her emotional and financial stability. A personal injury attorney may be able to assist injured parties by pursuing compensation for damages suffered.
Source: AOL Autos, "Halloween Is One Of The Deadliest Days For Pedestrians", Pete Bigelow, October 18, 2013