Many families and individuals enjoy traditional Halloween festivities each
year. The tradition of trick-or-treating is well-established in the Atlanta
community, and it is easy to spot costumed candy-seekers going from door-to-door
every October 31st. For the older revelers, there are plenty of Halloween-themed
parties and other events to attend, and many people take advantage of
these events each year.
While Halloween can be fun and memorable for both adults and children alike,
it can also easily turn tragic. Trick-or-treating generally involves walking
from house to house in a neighborhood, often crossing the street to visit
residences that are participating in the tradition. Additionally, many
costumes may make pedestrians more difficult for motorists to see at night,
particularly in residential areas. Together, these two factors can significantly
increase the risk of a
pedestrian accident for people taking part in Halloween activities.
Pedestrian Accidents Can Be Serious
When pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles, they can sustain devastating
injuries. According to
data published by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), over
70,000 pedestrians were injured in 2012. Unfortunately, whenever pedestrians
are walking in close proximity to cars, trucks, and other vehicles, there
is an inherent risk of injury.
In cases where these accidents are caused by the negligence or recklessness
of motorists, victims can often recover for their losses by filing a personal
injury claim. The types of damages that may be recoverable in an Atlanta
pedestrian accident case include past and future medical expenses, lost
income, loss of future earning potential, and loss of quality of life.
In many cases, obtaining compensation after a pedestrian accident is essential
in ensuring that victims can meet their financial needs in the future,
so it is important to take every step possible to recover the full value
of your claim.
Steps to Increase Halloween Pedestrian Safety
Fortunately for people celebrating Halloween, there are certain steps that
can be taken in order to reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.
These steps involve some basic principles: minimize your time in the street,
make sure drivers can see you, and make sure that you can see oncoming
vehicles. Some specific things to do include:
- Increase your visibility to motorists by carrying a flashlight, using glow
sticks, or wearing retro-reflective clothing or tape;
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible;
- If you must walk in the street, walk facing oncoming traffic;
- Trick-or-treat down one side of the street first, then come back on the
other side to minimize the number of times you must cross the street; and
- Do not wear masks that inhibit your visibility.
Unfortunately, accidents can occur even under the best of circumstances.
If you or your child is injured by a motorist this Halloween, be sure
to seek medical attention immediately.
Contact an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation
Pedestrian accidents can leave victims with serious injuries that may affect
them for years. The lawyers of Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. are committed
to helping people injured in preventable accidents recover and move on
with their lives. To schedule a
free consultation with one of our
Atlanta personal injury attorneys, call our office today at (404) 869-8600.