Tips for staying safe on Pennsylvania roads this Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and whether you take your kids out trick-or-treating or have an elaborate costume of your own, celebrating this holiday can be a lot of fun. However, this fun can become anything but if you or your loved one is injured in a serious car accident.

Unfortunately, Halloween is a particularly dangerous holiday, especially for pedestrian accidents involving children. With this in mind, we urge readers to be mindful of these risks and take steps to stay safe this Halloween.

Keeping your children safe

  • Make sure your children have bright colors or reflective material on their costumes
  • Don't let your child wear masks or costumes that make it difficult for them to see
  • Walk with younger children, even when you are close to home
  • Consider trick-or-treating before it gets too dark outside
  • Remind kids to stay on the sidewalk and look both ways before crossing a street

Keeping yourself safe as a pedestrian

  • Stay focused; don't get distracted by your phone
  • Keep to well-lit areas
  • Walk with one or more people, especially if you are intoxicated
  • Don't wear masks that obscure your vision
  • Avoid costumes and footwear that could make it easy to slip or trip

Keeping yourself safe as a motorist

  • Do not drive if you have been drinking
  • Slow down in residential areas and on roads where there high numbers of pedestrians
  • Stay away from cars that are swerving or speeding
  • Make sure your lights, windshield wipers and mirrors are all functioning properly to maximize your visibility
  • Wear your seat belt

Taking these simple steps could make the difference between getting home safely and ending up in the hospital.

Sadly, despite your best efforts, you can still be at risk of getting into an accident when others fail to take these same precautions. If you do get hurt and end up with serious injuries due to a motor vehicle or pedestrian accident, then it is crucial that you seek medical attention and legal guidance to help you address the damages you have suffered.

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