Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and senior trial attorney.
As we’ve often posted on this blog, Halloween safety is an important issue for Trick-or-Treaters, but also for all parents and drivers. One of the biggest hazards for children is the increased danger of getting hit by a car on the holiday. The main reasons for this increased danger include:
- Children are out in the dark;
- Costumes are usually dark and masks can impair vision and hearing;
- Children are often excited and distracted;
- They usually cut across streets instead of crossing at corner; and
- They are not accustomed to being out late at night.
Here are some suggestions to help ensure the safety of your children as recommended by HealthDay News:
- "Set up a route for your children’s trick-or-treating and make sure you are familiar with the neighborhood and the neighbors;
- Make sure children under 12 are accompanied by adults;
- If children over 12 are unaccompanied by adults make sure they are going to be with a group;
- Make sure your children know basic traffic safety rules: stopping before crossing the street, crossing only at cross walks, and using flashlights so they can see and be seen better;
- Consider replacing a face mask with face paint so that children’s vision and hearing aren’t impaired;
- Make sure costumes are well fitting so that children can’t trip;
- Avoid costume props that are rigid and/or sharp so that if a child should fall they won’t be further injured by their prop;
- Look through the candy your children collect before they consume it to make sure nothing has been tampered with."
As a driver, please be alert and practice extra precautions. Watch for children who may jump out into the street at unpredictable times. Take special caution in backing out of driveways, as small children may be completely unseen. Following sensible safety guidelines will enhance the enjoyment of Halloween, and keep it fun for everyone.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney and Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association has recently named him the " 2011 Trial Lawyer of the Year". He has also been acknowledged by Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all of the more than 80,000 lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also acknowledged him as "one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in medical malpractice matters, product liability claims, and serious automobile accident claims. Mr. Zambri was recently (2011 edition) acknowledged as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers, and has also been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by Law and Politics magazine (2011)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in the country.
Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to present seminars to lawyers and doctors, as well as both medical and law students concerning defective products, medication errors, medical malpractice litigation, and safety improvements.
If you have any questions about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at email@example.com. You may also reach him at 202-822-1899.