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The Scary Truth: Kids Are More Than Twice As Likely To Be Injured By A Car On Halloween

Follow these tips to keep your little goblins safe while trick-or-treating.

Autumn has arrived and kids across South Carolina are picking out their Halloween costumes and preparing for an exciting night of trick-or-treating. It’s one of the best times of year for many children, but parents should be mindful of a few scary statistics…

  • Kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day.
  • 23% of Halloween fatalities occur with children between the ages of five and eight.
  • 70% of accidents occur away from an intersection or crosswalk. 

Here are some ways to make sure that your monsters and princesses are kept safe on Halloween night: 

  • Accompany young children who are trick-or-treating. 
  • Trick-or-treat in neighborhoods with sidewalks.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
  • Use reflective tape to make your child’s costume more visible. 
  • Have your child carry a flashlight.
  • Opt for face paint instead of masks which can obstruct vision. 
  • Require older children to trick-or-treat with a group.
  • Instruct older children to stick to a predefined route that is well-lit.
  • Agree on a curfew for older children and provide them with a cell phone.

If you’re driving on Halloween:

  • Drive slowly.
  • Be alert for children.
  • Eliminate in-car distractions.
  • Use extra caution at intersections and corners.
  • Pull in and out of driveways carefully. 
  • Discourage teen or inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween.

How McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates Can Help:

The attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates have represented pedestrian accident victims for decades. We work hard to achieve great outcomes for those who have been harmed due to another person’s negligence or recklessness. If you’re in need of legal assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 803-592-9379.

We hope you have a spooktacular Halloween! 

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