It’s scary if you think about it, but if you could design a holiday that would be especially dangerous for children, it would look a lot like the one coming up… Halloween! Start with gangs of wildly excited candy bandits roaming dark streets during rush hour.
The kids are distracted and wearing clumsy costumes that make it harder for them to see. Drivers are anxious to get home – or to a holiday party. Or they’ve had a couple of Zombie drinks at the local happy hour bar. And many drivers will be navigating through groups of neighborhood kids while talking or texting on the phone as they drive
Twice as many children are hit by cars on Halloween night than on any single day of the year. With accidents on the rise overall from the increase in distracted driving accidents, it’s important to pay extra special attention. If you are planning to celebrate in Orlando or any of Central Florida’s many Halloween parties, do yourself a favor and think safety when you get behind the wheel. You’ll reduce your chances of facing Orlando car accident attorneys who are trying to recover damages for a car crash injury victim.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some Halloween driving tips:
- Do not drink and drive. Almost half of Halloween car accidents involve drunk driving.
- Leave the cell phone alone. Distracted driving is responsible for a reverse in the decades-long decline of highway fatalities.
- Slow down. Drive extra carefully. Don’t pass stopped cars that may be picking up or dropping off children.
- Be ready for kids to dart out from unexpected places. Many children who are struck by cars in places other than intersections.
Have a safe and happy holiday. If you are an injured accident victim, call the Orlando car accident attorneys at Martinez Manglardi at 407-846-2240 for a free consultation.