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By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas

This weekend, neighborhoods across Las Vegas, Summerlin, Pahrump, Henderson and Boulder City will be invaded by little ghosts, goblins, superheroes, and princesses.

Halloween is supposed to be a day of adventure, excitement, and fun for Nevada children. Unfortunately, with so many youngsters out and about on All Hallow’s Eve, the chances of vehicle-pedestrian accidents skyrocket. In fact, a recent Center for Disease Control Study found that the potential for auto accidents involving children pedestrians increases four-fold on Halloween.

So as a driver, here are some suggestions for keeping Halloween safe for trick-or-treaters:

  • During hours when the kids are trick-or-treating, drive below the speed limit through neighborhoods or populated areas.
  • Pay extra attention to intersections and crosswalks.
  • Keep an eye on the sidewalk, curb, or side of the road for kids who may suddenly step into the roadway.
  • Be wary of kids crossing the street going house to house looking for treats.
  • Do not pass cars that are parked in the roadway. They may be dropping off or picking up trick-or-treaters who may cross the street in front of you.
  • If you are transporting trick-or-treaters, leave your hazard lights on while you are parked.
  • Absolutely do not talk or text on a cell phone while driving during trick or treat hours. If you have to make a call or return a text, pull over. 

If your child gets involved in a crosswalk accident on Halloween, seek medical attention immediately. Then contact a personal injury lawyer to see about getting compensation for your youngster’s injuries.

About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.