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Three tips for pedestrians on Halloween

This year Halloween falls on a Saturday; which means that kids don’t have to worry about going to school the next day. This will likely lead to more kids being out to trick-or-treat later into the night. While this may be a bonanza for kids, it may also be a dangerous situation for pedestrians of all ages. Unlike other holidays, which are dangerous for drivers, more pedestrian accidents are likely on Halloween.

Indeed, Wisconsin drivers have a duty to use reasonable care while behind the wheel. This means they have to drive as a reasonable person would and use such care to look out for pedestrians. While the emphasis is on seeing children, drivers must be aware of all foot traffic this particular evening, especially those at 2-way and 4-way stops.

With that, pedestrians should take heed of the following tips. 

Don’t text and walk – Of course, texting and walking may not be a concern with young kids. But for older children and parents who are supposed to be supervising, it is important to put down your phone so you don’t unwittingly end up in the street.

Wear bright colors –It is helpful to have costumes with reflective strips and even small lights. This will help a driver see you before it’s too late.

Don’t walk and drink – As much as you may hear about drivers not drinking and driving, pedestrians can put themselves in significant danger when strolling into the street while intoxicated. 

If you have questions about your rights and options after a car accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help. 

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