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Be safe on Halloween night

Halloween is a delightful time for kids of all ages. Little kids relish the opportunity to put on a costume and walk through their neighborhood to get candy.  For big kids (i.e. adults), transforming themselves and going to a costume party is probably as much fun as a grown man or woman can have all year.

Through all the Halloween fun and excitement, there are some dangers that don’t come from ghouls and goblins. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that pedestrian accidents tend to increase on Halloween night. Indeed, there are far more people on the streets that evening, and there may also be more people on the streets (and behind the wheel) who have had too much to drink.

So on Monday night, there are some safety tips that pedestrians should follow. 

Be aware of your surroundings – Because more pedestrian traffic will be out after the sun goes down, it is important for both drivers and pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings. For pedestrians in particular, it is important to stay focused on watching traffic and not be distracted by incoming texts and Facebok updates.

Be bright – It is amazing how difficult it is to see pedestrians in the dark. Because of this, trick-or-treaters should make sure to have glow sticks, carry flashlights or even have LED lights so that they may be seen.

Use the crosswalks – Crossing at crosswalks helps pedestrians in a number of ways. First, they offer a safe place to cross a busy intersection. Also, they offer pedestrians legal protection should they be involved in an accident.

If you have questions about your rights and options after an accident, an experienced personal injury lawyer can advise you. 

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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