Halloween night sees a significant increase in foot traffic as kids scour their neighborhoods looking for candy. Therefore, you will likely need to account for young pedestrians while driving during the evening hours. The final night in October is also a popular one for adults to have parties of their own. Therefore, you may also be at a higher risk of sharing the road with impaired drivers.
Younger drivers need to be particularly careful
Drivers under the age of 26 are the most likely to cause a fatal accident involving a child. This is partially because they lack the experience needed to appreciate and prepare for the hazards that they may face while on the road during Halloween night. They may also be more likely to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which may be consumed at a gathering prior to the accident taking place.
Accidents can happen anywhere
Typically, an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle takes place at a crosswalk or intersection. However, on Halloween, accidents are known to occur in the middle of neighborhoods where people tend to congregate while traveling to other homes. Regardless of where a crash happens, the parties involved may be within their rights to file a personal injury lawsuit.
If you are involved in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. You may also receive a financial award on behalf of your child if he or she was harmed in an accident. The money may be used to pay any additional expenses incurred because your child can no longer walk, talk or otherwise live a normal lifestyle.