Halloween is always one of the most highly anticipated holidays for children: they get to dress up, stay up later than usual, and eat a ton of candy. For parents however Halloween can be both fun and nerve wracking.

Last year there were over 6,300 pedestrian deaths, many of which unfortunately occurred on Halloween and other holidays such as New Years and Independence Day. At the Law Office of Bardsley & Gray, our personal injury attorneys want to give some sound advice to parents and motorists this Halloween.

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. It doesn’t matter how busy the neighborhood or street is.
  • For older kids, make sure they coordinate with you what neighborhoods they will be in and when they plan on returning home. Be sure one of them has a phone to contact you.
  • Kids should be told to only approach homes that have a light on and never enter a home or car they do not recognize.
  • For motorists, keep a lookout for children walking along the road or for kids standing on curbs looking to cross the street.
  • Double check before entering or exiting a driveway or parking lot as there could be children walking on the sidewalk.
  • While trick-or-treating, children should only travel on roads familiar to them, as well as be in well-lighted areas.
  • Kids should travel in groups, otherwise parents should accompany them.
  • Costumes should not impede your children from walking or seeing properly in order to avoid slips and falls. They should also be fire-resistant.
  • Have at least one reflective item on the costume if your child plans on staying out after sunset. This will help motorists see your child!
  • Make sure no candy is eaten until your child returns home; any unwrapped candy should be throw away.

Have a wonderful time dressing up and trick-or-treating this year! Our New Bedford personal injury attorneys want everyone to have a safe Halloween. If there is ever an accident, please contact our law office for a free half hour consultation.