Buffalo Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Provide Halloween Safety Tips

by | October 30th, 2015

Halloween can be one of the most exciting nights of the year for children and adults alike. Too often though, the excitement comes to an abrupt end when a collision between a motor vehicle and a trick-or-treater occurs.

Estimates show that children are twice as likely to be struck by a car or truck on Halloween when compared to any other night of the year, which is why our Buffalo pedestrian accident lawyers at William Mattar Law Offices would like to offer some Halloween safety tips to help you stay safe tomorrow night.

Trick-or-Treaters should:

  • Be seen– One of the most common reasons for collisions between cars and people on Halloween is that the driver simply didn’t see the pedestrian. That’s why if you plan to trick-or-treat, you should incorporate lights, reflective, or even glow-in-the-dark materials.
  • Be able to see as well– Don’t let costumes, makeup, or masks impede your ability to see where you’re going.
  • Travel in groups– The old adage of “safety in numbers” is especially true on Halloween. Walking with a large group makes it easier for motorists to see you.
  • Know where you’re going– One route to your destination may be safer than another because of lower traffic and higher pedestrian volumes. Attending an event, like a trunk or treat, may also be safer than going door-to-door. An article from WIVB 4 News provides insight into how to choose your safest route, as well as a list of events to consider attending.

Keeping these tips in mind when walking on Halloween will certainly reduce your risk of an accident. It’s important to remember though, not all crashes can be avoided, especially when they aren’t your fault.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we know the moments, days, weeks, and months after an accident can be full of confusing questions that require difficult choices, so we’re here to help. Just take a look at our website to get answers to questions like “Who is responsible when a pedestrian accident occurs?” or “Will insurance cover my damages?”