No Halloween? Not So Fast.

October 1, 2020
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The United States Centers For Disease Control (CDC) issued guidance recently around Halloween during the time of COVID-19 and listed Trick-or-Treating as a very high risk activity that should be avoided to keep kids and families safe during this global pandemic.  While New Haven has not made any declarations yet, it is likely that the city will declare that Trick-or-Treating will not happen this year.  So, the roads will be free of kids running from door to door, but will they be free from dangerous activity?  It’s very unlikely.

Normally during this time we would talk about the dangers of driving during Halloween and how you must slow down and keep your eyes open to avoid any New Haven pedestrian accidents.  Even though there will be no Trick-or-Treating, there will definitely be opportunities for danger lurking around each obstructed view and on each street corner.  Kids will no doubt still be out that night and therefore it is critical for you to be safe driving through the city.  Here are a couple of things you can do to make sure that these revelers (Trick-or-Treating or not) stay safe and you avoid causing any serious injuries:

  1. Drive with your headlights on – even at dusk
  2. Drive slow, maybe even slower then the speed limit
  3. Stop at yellow lights – while normally you would slow at a yellow light, stopping will keep everyone safer
  4. Avoid high traffic areas.  If you can take a different route to your destination then one that takes you through a neighborhood, do it.
  5. Go slow around difficult to see intersections.  If an intersection is obstructed it can be even more challenging to see a child who is darting out into the road.  Go slow.

When all else fails on Halloween, go the safe route.  Slower is better.  A slightly longer ride is better then a crowded neighborhood street.  Lights are better then no lights.  And so on.  Doing everything you can to avoid a New Haven pedestrian accident will not only help save a life, but it will keep what will already be a difficult Halloween for these kids less difficult.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, you may need an attorney to review your case.  Contact our office and we can conduct that review.