At the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz, we want your children to have a fun night while trick-or-treating. You and your kids should be aware of the common traffic hazards on Halloween night in Texas.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for injuries and fatalities involving pedestrians. The AAA Exchange offers the following tips for you and your children to review before you go out with the other spooks:

  • Put reflective tape on costumes and/or carry a flashlight when trick-or-treating after dark.
  • Always stop, look and listen for approaching vehicles before crossing the street.
  • Have a responsible adult or older child walk with children younger than 12.
  • Review the rules and expectations for safety when walking near traffic.

You should also remember to use extreme caution when driving on Halloween. Always drive slower than usual in neighborhoods and watch out for kids crossing the street or walking on sidewalks. Remember than children may forget the rules, and they may be even more prone to darting into the street when they are excited. Use extra caution when entering and exiting side streets and driveways.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that children are four times more prone to being hit by a car on Halloween than any other time of the year. You may save lives if you are careful when driving on Halloween and make sure your kids understand the risks and the rules before they go out. As our page on motor vehicle crashes explains, you may be eligible for compensation after a pedestrian injury.