Risk of pedestrian fatalities more than doubles when the speed of vehicles increases from 25 mph to 35 mph emphasizing the need for motorists to slow down and look out for young pedestrians.
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 01, 2013
Even as frightening costumes, creepy decorations and haunted houses provide a lot of fun and a good mock scare on Halloween Day, the reality is that Oct. 31 is the deadliest day for pedestrian accidents in the United States, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
A look at media reports published the day after Halloween indicate that a majority of pedestrians injured the previous evening are children who go out trick-or-treating. The AAA Foundation's report states that the risk of pedestrian fatalities more than doubles when the speed of vehicles increases from 25 mph to 35 mph emphasizing the need for motorists to slow down and look out for young pedestrians on this night.
New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm, who represents victims of pedestrian accidents as well as injured children, says it is crucial for both trick-or-treaters and motorists to be watchful and vigilant on Halloween Day. "These tragic accidents are absolutely avoidable. If motorists use caution and if trick-or-treaters and their parents take the necessary safety precautions, these types of incidents can certainly be prevented."
Wilhelm offers a number of safety tips for trick-or-treaters and motorists:
Children under the age of 14 should not trick-or-treat without being supervised by a responsible adult.
If you are trick-or-treating, make sure you plan your route.
Be visible. Carry a flashlight so you can see clearly especially on streets where there is inadequate lighting. Use non-toxic face paint instead of masks for costumes. Also, use reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to enhance your children's visibility.
All children should be taught to observe the rules of the road. They should walk only on sidewalks and in crosswalks. Children should never dart across a roadway or cross between parked vehicles.
Motorists should exercise due care. Do not drive impaired, distracted or fatigued. If you are going to be partying or drinking, make sure you designate a sober driver to take you home.
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