Halloween car accidents remind locals of driver safety

It is important for drivers to watch for children and drive carefully in school zones or residential areas. But on occasions such as Halloween, these warnings are especially important to heed. The increase of car accidents in British Columbia on Halloween is an example of how weather and sunlight can contribute to the risk of an accident, as well as how children are particularly susceptible to being hit by a driver who may not be paying attention.

Prior to Halloween, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia warned drivers to stay below speed limits in residential areas between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The reason for this warning was that car accidents spike by 25 per cent on Halloween. This spike results in an average 920 crashes that injured 330 people across the province.

Parents can use occasions like Halloween to educate their children on pedestrian safety. Wearing visible clothing, reflective tape or even a head lamp can help children stand out in the dark. Picking a safe route that includes sidewalks and walking in groups is also a good idea, both during special events such as Halloween and throughout the year.

Drivers should be prepared to stop suddenly if a child runs out into the street. This is especially true when driving through a residential area at night. Despite many drivers and families taking these precautions, Halloween may still have resulted in many car accidents across British Columbia. Those who have been involved in an auto-pedestrian accident and wish to understand their options should contact a personal injury lawyer.

Source: CBC News, "ICBC says crashes are 25% higher on Halloween", Oct. 25, 2017

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