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Halloween: the most dangerous time of year for child pedestrians

There has been an increase in pedestrian fatalities in Montana in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 24 pedestrians were killed in Montana in 2013. This number represents a significant jump in pedestrian deaths in the state over the past several years. At Cok Kinzler PLLP, we understand the severity of accident-related injuries that people face when walking or biking near traffic.

For children, there are few times of the year quite as exciting, yet as dangerous, as Halloween. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point out that children are four times more at risk of being hit by cars on Halloween than any other time of the year. While your children are getting ready to trick-or-treat, it is important that you understand the numerous implications and precautions regarding pedestrian safety so your family can avoid a tragedy.

AAA Exchange warns that several factors commonly contribute to child pedestrian accidents on Halloween. These include costumes that are not easily seen in the dark, excited children who dart into the street and drivers who are not fully paying attention to their surroundings. A few measures you can take to reduce the chances of you or your children being hit by a car include:

  • Reviewing traffic safety rules with children before going out
  • Giving each child a glow stick or a flashlight to carry, and applying reflective surfaces on costumes
  • Making sure younger children are accompanied by an adult or a responsible older child
  • Staying in familiar neighborhoods and sticking to a planned route

You may take all necessary precautions, yet a careless or intoxicated driver may still cause an accident. To learn more about your rights after being injured by a negligent driver, please visit our page on car accidents.

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