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Halloween safety tips for trick-or-treaters, parents and drivers

Halloween is one of the most dangerous days for traffic crashes. The National Highway Traffic Administration reports that holiday drunk driving fatalities reach their peak between 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 1. Drunk driving was to blame for 44 percent of the fatal traffic crashes that occurred during this 12-hour period from 2012 to 2016. Louisiana residents should therefore consider the following tips to ensure a safe All Hallows’ Eve.

The northeast chapter of AAA advises those who are going to party to plan ahead. For example, it’s important to designate a sober driver to take them home. They could also get home safely via public transportation or a ride-hailing service. These are options to consider even when one has a single alcoholic drink. If a friend becomes drunk, it’s a good idea to take the keys and arrange for safer transportation.

Drivers are encouraged to slow down as this cuts down on the risk of hitting any children who might dart out mid-block or behind parked cars. As for the parents of trick-or-treaters, they should ensure maximum visibility by adding reflective material to all costumes.

Parents should also make sure the costumes do not obstruct their children’s vision. They should plan a route and accompany children younger than 12 years old. Everyone should carry flashlights and walk facing traffic when not on sidewalks.

Safety precautions don’t prevent all car accidents, but when they occur through the negligence of drivers, victims may be eligible for compensation. To seek damages, a victim needs to file a personal injury claim against the defendant’s auto insurance company. This is where an attorney could come in. Third-party investigators and medical experts could come in to strengthen the case before the attorney proceeds to negotiations. If a settlement cannot be reached, the victim could consider litigation.

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