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  • Philadelphia Accident Attorneys: Take Precautions When “Trick or Treating” with your Children to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents

    trick or treatingHalloween comes with some inherent dangers for our children.  Parents appropriately take precautions to protect their children from unsupervised contact with strangers. Stockpiles of candy from unfamiliar sources present threats of poisoning and other hazards.  In actuality, the biggest risk our children face on Halloween is becoming a victim of a child pedestrian accident.

    Precautions to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

    The accident attorneys at Galfand Berger have represented too many pedestrians who have fallen victim to careless drivers.  We remind you to please exercise caution when you and your family venture out on Halloween night.  Kids are excited and distracted on Halloween and therefore it is important to discuss safety tips with children of all ages. Anyone can become a victim of a pedestrian accident.

    Parents can be proactive in protecting their children by keeping some things in mind:

    1. Younger children should be accompanied by adults.
    2. Teens should be reminded to pay attention: no texting, put cell phones away, keep eyes on sidewalks and walkways.
    3. Children of all ages should be reminded to remain on sidewalks and cross only at crosswalks.
    4. Children should use flashlights and wear reflective clothing if going out after dark.
    5. Vision should not be obstructed by masks and/or other costume parts and accessories.

    Fortunately, reports show that child pedestrian accidents on Halloween have declined from 2005 to 2010.  Preemptive safety efforts and campaigns are making a difference to alert the public of this imminent danger.  However, parents must continue to be especially aware and alert to the real peril of pedestrian accidents on October 31st.

    Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Galfand Berger Want to Ensure You and Your Family Have a Safe Halloween

    The Galfand Berger accident attorneys have witnessed firsthand the devastation of pedestrian accidents, representing countless victims throughout the Philadelphia region, including the areas surrounding Allentown and Harrisburg, and many other communities in Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, Chester and Delaware Counties. With offices in Philadelphia, Reading and Bethlehem, it is convenient to meet with one of our experienced, knowledgeable personal injury attorneys throughout Southeast Pennsylvania. We also represent clients throughout South Jersey, including Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Salem County, Cumberland County and Atlantic County.  Contact our accident attorneys at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) to schedule a free and confidential consultation or submit a free online inquiry.