According to Allstate Insurance Company, the number of pedestrians in California who are hit by vehicles jumps 25 percent on Halloween when compared with the rest of the year. This year could be particularly dangerous, since Halloween is on a weekend and there could be more kids and more vehicles on the roads than there might be on a weeknight.
This year, Allstate is recommending to pedestrians that while they are trick-or-treating, they do not text and walk. It’s important to keep your eyes on the road whether you are a pedestrian or a driver. Experts also recommend that to keep children safe while they are trick-or-treating, they should stay on sidewalks, cross streets at the corner, and avoid crossing yards. Children should also wear bright, reflective clothing. Trick-or-treaters should travel in small groups and should always be accompanied by an adult.
Drivers should also take special care over the weekend. This weekend, drive slowly, watch for children in the street, and carefully exit driveways or alleys. And of course, avoid drinking and driving. The California Highway Patrol has announced plans to aggressively fight drunk driving over the Halloween weekend.
Surprisingly, even with the large increase of car accidents involving pedestrians, the most dangerous day for pedestrians in California is December 10.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident contact Donald Sjaarda, California personal injury attorney, at 714-963-8216.