Halloween is an exciting, spooky time—as long as you take the appropriate precautions. Some personal injuries are more common on this night than any others. As we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more people are ready to celebrate, it’s important that everyone keeps safety at the forefront of their minds.
Here are some of the most common Halloween injuries you could experience. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you don’t have to suffer alone. Call a personal injury attorney to ensure negligent parties are held responsible.
Distracted and Drunk Driving
Whether someone’s had a few too many drinks or they’ve got rambunctious trick-or-treaters in the car, car accidents are common on holidays. Always use a designated driver, and save the texting for when you’re parked.
Keep an eye on other drivers, too. If you see someone swerving, weaving or otherwise driving unsafely, report them to local law enforcement. It could save lives.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are especially common during Halloween. Excitable small children don’t have the best impulse control. However, even adults can find themselves victim to pedestrian accidents. Remember that masks can block your vision, and alcohol inhibits your judgement—make sure you have a sober friend to help you navigate the streets, if you’re attending parties on foot.
Children should be given reflective costumes, whether you doctor them with reflective tape or they come with that feature. Glow sticks, flashlights and LED lights are another great way to make sure they’re visible. While most drivers are more careful, knowing kids are around, there’s no sense in taking chances.
Any time strangers are invited onto dimly lit private property to ask for candy, there’s a possibility of a slip-and-fall. Homeowners should make sure that their pathways are free of leaves, debris, ice and other slipping hazards. Keep paths well-lit. If you’re decorating for Halloween, try to avoid “jump scare” items right by a walkway. These could frighten kids too much, and cause a fall.
Trick-or-treaters should use flashlights to illuminate pathways, and make sure to walk carefully. If you’re taking your kids out for trick-or-treating, walk with them and hold their hands when necessary. Small children should be carried.
A little extra caution on Halloween will ensure that you have a safe, fun and sweet holiday for everyone involved.
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