Kids everywhere love Halloween. Maybe it’s the costumes, or perhaps it’s staying up late, taking over the neighborhood with friends, or just enjoying the candy. Whatever the reason, most children look forward to Halloween with unrivaled anticipation.
Unfortunately, with so many distracted kids and drunk drivers on the road, injuries are common on October 31. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 41 million children between the ages 5 and 14 trick-or-treat, and many of them do not understand how traffic works.
The U.S. Department of Transportation warns that distracted children are at a particularly high risk of being hit by drunk drivers on Halloween. On the night of October 31, 2012, 54 people were killed in accidents – and nearly half of those deaths involved a drunk driver.
If your child suffers an injury on Halloween, contact The Law Office of Brian K. Branch. We will help you pursue justice and compensation from the at-fault driver.
An Albuquerque car accident lawyer from our firm will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on helping your child recover from the accident. Call 505-764-9710 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also learn more about personal-injury claims in New Mexico by visiting USAttorneys.com.
8 Safety Tips to Protect Your Kids while They Trick-or-Treat
Trick-or-treating on Halloween is an exciting event for both parents and kids. However, all it takes is one drunk, distracted or reckless driver to cause a tragedy.
As a parent, there are several steps you can take to reduce your child’s risk of injuries. Keep these eight tips in mind on Halloween night:
- You and your child should wear bright clothing or costumes to help drivers notice you on the road;
- Your child should not wear a mask that impairs his or her vision;
- Carry a flashlight – but do not shine it directly into the eyes of oncoming drivers;
- Stay on the sidewalk – resist the temptation to run into the street;
- Look left, right and left again before entering the road – drivers might not notice pedestrians in the dark, and they may not expect to see them crossing outside of designated crosswalks;
- Be careful at intersections – corners are the safest places to cross;
- Always walk in a group – and make sure an adult is available to supervise the children; and
- Always know where your kids are and where they are going.
If the worst happens and your child falls victim to a negligent driver on Halloween, turn to The Law Office of Brian K. Branch. An injury attorney in Albuquerque will help you pursue the maximum compensation for medical bills and non-economic damages.
Our legal team will help you fight for the highest possible settlement, and if your case goes to trial, we have the litigation experience and resources to represent your interests in court. Call 505-764-9710 to schedule a free initial consultation.