Halloween seems to bring out the fun in most folks. However, from the perspective of lawyers, who often see new cases following Halloween injuries, we want to remind parents to keep kids safe on Halloween. Street crossing is more important than ever – drivers can be distracted and kids’ costumes may not be focused on reflectors and lights; use reflective tape and insist that kids carry flashlights (and use them).
The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary doctors warn parents to avoid masks that block vision, including peripheral vision.
Adults need to be vigilant about their children’s safety and to be on the lookout for other children who are falling behind their group or doing something dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a good (and fun) list of what to do or not do before trick or treating on Halloween.
The biggest injuries, and property damage, seem to come from accidents involving motor vehicles. Collisions involving alcohol of course are high after Halloween parties. There also seem to be an increase of pedestrian accidents with people, young and old, out on the streets. The Boston personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Neil Burns publish regular safety tips and news on this blog. We have represented clients in motor vehicle accidents and injuries to children for over 25 years. If you have a question, call us at 617-227-7423.