Halloween is a time of spooky costumes, scary movies and lots of candy. However, it is also a time when the risk of getting injured in an accident increases.
This is particularly true when it comes to car, bicycle and pedestrian accidents. Between the influx of people out on the street and the heightened risk of unsafe behaviors, it can be more likely that you or your children could suffer serious injury on Halloween. This is especially true if you encounter one of the following types of drivers.
Too many people drive drunk, particularly on nights like Halloween when they are out at the bar or parties celebrating but must get home for work the next day. In fact, more than half of car crash fatalities on Halloween involve alcohol.
Drunk drivers have slowed reflexes and impaired decision-making skills. This makes them especially dangerous on highways and in residential areas where kids are running around.
On nights like Halloween, attentive driving is as critical as ever. Young people can dart across the street without warning; drivers can unexpectedly slow down to look at decorations; intersections can be far busier than they usually are.
Because of these and other elements, drivers must be alert and prepared to act in the blink of an eye. Those distracted by passengers, their phones or other things in the car can wind up crashing into something they couldn’t see or avoid in time.
People might be running late to a party, feeling wild while hanging out with friends or upset about other people’s reveling and let these emotions adversely affect their driving. As such, we often see drivers speeding, swerving through lanes of traffic and driving to close to others.
These are drivers who take unnecessary risks; they put in danger their lives and the lives of everyone around them.
If you or your child is injured in an accident with any of these drivers, holding them responsible for the damages will be something to consider. While it cannot undo the frightening events you have already experienced, compensation that may be available can make the future and recovery less scary.