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halloween child pedestrian collision

To Prevent Washington Pedestrian Accidents, Set Halloween “Ground Rules” with Trick-or-Treaters

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 25, 2012

Seattle Halloween Accident PreventionTrick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition in communities across Washington. Kids of all ages love donning colorful costumes and going door-to-door to collect candy and treats. Trick-or-treating carries with it an increased risk of accidents between pedestrians and cars, however, especially when it takes place after dark.

Children are at a higher risk for pedestrian accidents during Halloween than adults for several reasons. First, children are often smaller and harder to see, especially if they are wearing dark costumes. Second, kids don’t always understand the risks of stepping out into the street; they will often dart out from between parked cars or try to cross in the middle of the road instead of at a crosswalk, not realizing that drivers might not see them. Children are also less experienced than adults at judging the distance between themselves and an oncoming vehicle or predicting a driver’s behavior. Read the rest »

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