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According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average of four wrongful deaths per year occurred during Halloween hours amongst kids ages 5-14 years after pedestrian car accidents.

Our Toledo, Ohio pedestrian accident attorneys have seen firsthand the effects that pedestrian accidents can have on a family.

“Practicing good safety measures at Halloween is essential in order to prevent pedestrian car accidents,” Attorney Chuck Boyk said. “I have seen cases where children were struck by motor vehicles in a pedestrian accident, and the effects are devastating.”

That is why it is imperative for kids to follow these tips to keep them free from pedestrian accident injuries this Halloween.

• Wear bright, reflective clothing.

October days in northwest Ohio can turn dark quickly. Bright, reflective clothing will ensure that other trick-or-treaters, and more importantly drivers, see you. Reflective clothing will stand out, decreasing your chance of being hit by a car.

• Always use crosswalks to cross the street.

When crossing at an intersection with a stoplight, make sure to wait until the pedestrian cross light reads “Walk,” even if the stoplight for cars is green, since cars will often turn in a pedestrian’s path. Never run across the street. Walking decreases the chance that you could fall and injure yourself, which could make it difficult to get out of the way of an oncoming car.

Look for more information on how to protect your children from pedestrian accidents this Halloween in “Halloween safety can prevent pedestrian car accidents – Part II,” coming soon. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, order your free cope of The Ohio Accident Book to learn your rights. Contact our office today for a free, no obligation consultation and case evaluation.

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