Our Toledo, Ohio car accident lawyers urge parents to be extra careful when taking their kids trick-or-treating on Halloween, and encourage the children to also be cautious. Prevent pedestrian car accidents by following these tips:
• Carry a flashlight.
The more noticeable you make yourself to cars, the better. Carrying a flashlight will not only help you to see where you are going, it will also help drivers to see you. In the event of an emergency, a flashlight could also aid in signaling for help.
• Wear costumes that fit properly, including appropriate shoes.
Costumes should fit snuggly, with no hanging fabric or objects. Loose material can cause a trick-or-treater to trip and fall. Durable, no-slip shoes should also be worn for the same reason, even if they don’t match your costume.
• Plan your route
Following these tips can help keep Halloween fun and injury free, but encourage your kids to also be smart if they are old enough to trick-or-treat without a parent. Here are a few common-sense guidelines: Never enter a stranger’s house without a parent, no matter what reason the owner gives you. Wear a watch to keep track of the time, and check in regularly to let parents know you’re safe. Never walk alone. Staying in a group will ensure that at least one person can help you if something happens. Remember, if something seems suspicious, trust your judgment. Leave the area and tell a responsible adult about it.
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