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Halloween Safety Tips for Tucson Trick-or-Treaters

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Happy Halloween! This exciting holiday often involves trick-or-treating for the young ones, and costume parties for adults. Yet Halloween can be a dangerous holiday if parents and children are not careful. The AAA is urging everyone to be safe on Halloween. This is one of the deadliest holidays for pedestrians, as it is one of the only holidays where many small children are running about on the streets. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that more child fatalities occur on Halloween due to pedestrian accidents than on any other day of the year. Parents should carefully supervise their children and ensure that they look both ways before they cross the street to go to another home.

According to State Farm, about 70% of all child pedestrian accidents on Halloween happen in the middle of a street that is not near a crosswalk. This is because drivers are less likely to look for pedestrians when driving on a road that does not have a designated crossing path. Many drivers are distracted as they move through residential neighborhoods. While illegal, many drivers will text and drive or talk on the phone, especially when they figure they are in a residential neighborhood where they assume the potential for an accident is low. Unfortunately, this is not true, and an average of 5.5 children die each Halloween after being hit by a car on the road.

Drivers should slow down on Halloween night and drive safely. A pedestrian is twice as likely to be killed if they encounter a car that is travelling at 30 mph as compared to a car travelling at 25 mph. Parents who are allowing their children to trick-or-treat should be costume conscious and choose an outfit with reflective materials that make the child visible out on the street.

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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.

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