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Trick-or-treating is a great way for kids to have fun, create cherished memories and indulge a youthful sweet tooth. But, when caught up in the spirit of the holiday, many parents forget that bumps, bruises and far more frightening injuries are also an unfortunate possibility when an unusual number of children take to the streets.

Pedestrian Accidents Involving Cars and Children Far More Common on October 31

Studies have shown that the number of pedestrian deaths involving children age 15 and younger is 4.5 times higher on Halloween night compared to all other nights of the year. Pedestrian injuries undoubtedly show the same trend. Considering the crowds of excited youths scrambling from house to house and the increased number of drivers on the road, this troubling statistic comes as little surprise.

Beyond pedestrian accidents, children also face other dangers on Halloween: medical experts cite eye trauma resulting from contact with a pointed object and burn injuries from flammable costumes as the most common threats behind car accidents.

Tips for Protecting Your Kids

Although the rate of injuries on Halloween is high, many can be prevented through careful planning. Make sure kids are visible by equipping them with reflectors and glow sticks. At least one adult should be present to supervise young children, illuminate their walking path with a flashlight and ensure that designated crosswalks are utilized when entering traffic.

In addition, you should talk to your kids about the importance of staying on the sidewalks (and off the streets) as much as possible. Discuss why all traffic signals must be obeyed, as well as the many advantages of sticking together in a group while trick-or-treating.

Finally, do not add to the danger your children could face by allowing them outdoors in an unsafe costume. Avoid baggy pants, high heels or other costume components that could induce tripping. Dark colors make children less visible to motorists; if possible, choose a bright costume for your child. Any masks should allow for easy ventilation and should never impair the wearer's vision. Of course, you should make sure all elements of a costume (including wigs or false beards) are made of flame-retardant materials. If your child wants to carry an accessory (plastic sword, wand, musical instrument, etc.), pick one that it is flexible and has dulled edges.

If Your Child Is Injured

If your child is injured in a pedestrian accident or any other type of Halloween mishap, you may be entitled to compensation, and you can help make October 31 safer for everyone by ensuring that any responsible parties are held accountable. Contact a personal injury attorney today in Walnut Creek, San Jose, Fremont - Hayward/Hayward, or Oakland for a free legal consultation.

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