Did you know Halloween is one of the top five holidays that puts children and adults in the hospital each year? Here are 3 of the most common ways people get hurt on Halloween night in Texas and how to avoid them so you can keep you and your family safe.
1. Trick-or-treaters tripping over costumes
Most Halloween activities take place during the night, making it harder to see if there’s a hole or dip on the ground. It’s also hard to see the sidewalks with crowds of people on a single street.
If you’re a parent, make sure to trim the bottom of your children’s costumes to a length where they are able to walk properly without tripping. We also suggest having your children take off their masks while they are walking to and from houses, so that they can see better.
2. Distracted drivers hitting trick-or-treaters
On Halloween, drivers might be distracted by decorations, taking pictures, or looking at the GPS on their phones. This brings increased risk to trick-or-treaters who are walking to the other side of the street to get candy.
The best way to keep your family safe? Be seen. Carry a flashlight or glow sticks and add reflective tape to your child’s costume. An adult should also go with younger children to help them make safe choices.
3. Drunk drivers on the road on Halloween
Remember, it’s not only children celebrating Halloween. Teenagers and adults are heading to parties that often involve alcohol. This creates an increased risk that people who’ve been drinking will get behind the wheel.
The best way to minimize this risk is to keep drunk drivers from driving in the first place.
If your friend or family member goes to a party and you know they will be drinking, please offer to pick them up to keep our streets safe. If you are hosting a party, help your party guests order an Uber or Lyft. You can also offer your home as a place for people to spend the night to keep anyone who’s been drinking from getting behind the wheel.
Notice a car behaving oddly, and wondering if the driver may be drunk? Read our article for tips on How To Tell If A Driver Is Driving While Intoxicated.
What if someone in my family is hurt on Halloween?
We hope these tips help you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween. But if you are hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, you deserve to know your legal rights. Call our office at 214-699-4409, or fill out our Contact Us form. We also have a FREE book you can download on our website that talks about what to do if you’re hurt by someone else in the State of Texas: The Essential Guide For Your Texas Injury Case.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. We are here to keep you and your loved ones safe, through the holidays, and every day of the year.