Flashy costumes, “spooky” decorations, haunting parties, and ghoulish delights – that’s right, October has finally crept up on us, and it’s time to embrace the Halloween spirit! While October 31 marks All Hallows Eve, the night when children don costumes and haunt the streets for tricks and treats, Halloween is one of those special holidays that isn’t isolated to a single night or event.
Over the next few weeks, you’re going to see people of all ages hitting the streets of Mississippi for scary movie marathons, trick or treat festivals, and other spooktacular events – and hopefully, you’re joining them!
However, there is an important fact you need to keep in mind if you’re planning to drive this month. For example, there is a substantial increase in pedestrian activity during October that directly correlates to Halloween-related events. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that there are 6,000-7,000 pedestrian fatalities every October, many of which are children. Sadly, a majority of these collisions can be attributed to reckless, distracted, fatigued, and intoxicated drivers.
As a driver, you owe a duty of care to anyone sharing the road, including costumed wayfarers. To help you avoid a tragic collision, the car accident attorneys at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. have compiled a list of 10 driving tips to help you safely navigate the spooky Halloween landscape of Mississippi:
- Drive slowly in residential and urban areas between the hours of 5 p.m. and 12 a.m.
- Always keep your headlights on during these hours, even if it’s still light out.
- Never, under any circumstances, drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Yield to pedestrians, costumed and otherwise, and keep an eye out for jaywalkers (kids tend to hop into streets when excited).
- Always be careful when entering and exiting your driveway.
- Scan the roads while driving and be hypervigilant at crossroads and intersections.
- Keep distractions to a minimum; don’t fiddle with your phone, the radio, etc.
- Make sure the radio is turned down low; you need to hear what’s going on around you.
- Don’t pass stopped cars, as they could be picking up children or partygoers.
- Contact the police if you notice a dangerous or impaired driver.
Injured in a Halloween Accident? Call Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A.
Halloween is one of the most dangerous holidays of the year. Countless Americans are injured by negligent drivers, poorly-placed decorations, dangerous pranks, and even defective costumes. We hope you have a safe and exciting Halloween, but if you find yourself in need of a personal injury lawyer, please contact our trial-tested legal team as soon as possible. The lawyers at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. can research the incident, calculate the maximum value of your claim, and fight for your best interests in court.
Call Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. at (601) 869-0696 to schedule a free case evaluation.