Halloween is a holiday loved by many, especially children! People enjoy celebrating this rather superstitious holiday in a variety of ways. Some spend the night binge-watching every Stephen King movie ever made. Other party hop hoping to win at least one of the dozens of costume contests. Others prefer to stay home and hand out candy to hundreds of trick-or-treaters while at the same time defending their property from “artistic vandalism”, Halloween is one of the most widely celebrated holidays inviting everyone to leave their homes and spend time with their families, neighbors, and even complete strangers.
That being said, did you know Halloween is consistently one of the most dangerous nights of the year? Studies show that four times as many children are injured and twice as many are killed on Halloween night due to pedestrian/vehicle accidents compared to any other given day of the year. Children and teens run amuck dressed head to toe in dark costumes make them even less visible to drivers. Even less visible to a driver who may be impaired.
Take a look at the graph created by Sperling’s Best Places showing child pedestrian fatalities according to the day of the year.
With an increased amount of intoxicated drivers, the streets, crosswalks, and even the sidewalks can become an extremely dangerous place for pedestrians. Each year large crowds gather in Olde Town, Conyers, and Floyd Street in Covington for elaborate celebrations. As easy as it is to get caught up in the celebration, It is important to remember to plan ahead and assign a designated driver if you plan on drinking and it is also important for parents to remind children to be alert when crossing the streets. We also encourage parents to dress children in brighter costumes, be accompanied by a responsible adult, have less visibly-obstructing masks so that the children can see more easily and add reflective materials to make the little ones more visible to motorists.
The attorneys at MG Law would like to help everyone safely enjoy Halloween this season. Our goal is to reduce the number of child pedestrian accidents by making them more visible to oncoming traffic. Stop by our office to pick up a FREE GLOW STICK to hang on your children’s candy bag, wear as a necklace, or to incorporate into their costumes.
We only have 500 FREE GLOW STICKS so stop by our office at 917 Center Street in Conyers, GA to take one home today! Happy Halloween everyone!
Have a happy and safe Halloween from everyone at MG Law!
If you or a loved one experienced significant injuries due to a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Michael Geoffroy (770) 988-5252 for a free consultation.