Ghosts, ghouls, vampires and zombies - all of these are common sights on Georgia's roads on Halloween. Unfortunately, something far more dangerous is seen just as often: drunk drivers.
October 31 is an exciting day on the calendar for most children, but it comes with inherent risks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during Halloween 2011, 38 percent of traffic accidents involved a driver with a BAC of 0.08 or higher - and pedestrians were killed in 11 percent of those crashes.
Kids are particularly vulnerable to drunk drivers because they are distracted while trick-or-treating, and many do not understand how traffic works. The child-injury prevention program Safe Kids Worldwide reports that twice as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween than on any other night.
If your child is hit by a drunk, distracted or otherwise negligent driver on Halloween, contact The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell is an accident attorney in Rome who will help you claim compensation for medical bills and non-economic damages.
Mr. Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years, and he has the knowledge and resources to help you fight for the maximum settlement. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn more about car accident injury lawsuits by visiting http://car-accident.usattorneys.com/.
5 Ways to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents on Halloween
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 41 million children went trick-or-treating on Halloween in 2014. With so many excited kids on the road, injuries are bound to happen.
The risk of pedestrian accidents is compounded by the spike in drunk driving. Fortunately, there are steps that motorists can take to keep pedestrians safe. If you hit the road on Halloween, keep these five tips in mind:
1. Reduce your speed, even on familiar streets and especially in residential areas - it is a good idea to drive slower than the speed limit on roads where kids are trick-or-treating;
2. Look out for children darting into the street - they are harder to see than adults and their actions are unpredictable;
3. Be cautious when entering and exiting driveways and alleys;
4. Use your headlights; and
5. Do not consume alcohol - the effects of alcohol may be noticeable well before a person reaches the legal BAC limit of 0.08 percent.
Unfortunately, even the safest drivers and pedestrians are at risk on Halloween. If you or your child is hit by a drunk, distracted or negligent motorist on October 31, contact The Finnell Firm. You may be entitled to compensation for health-care bills and other damages.
As your personal-injury lawyer in Rome, Robert Finnell will help you avoid mistakes during the claims process such as overlooking certain damages, accepting a low settlement, unknowingly admitting fault to insurance adjusters, or signing a general release. Mr. Finnell will help you pursue the maximum settlement, and if your case goes to trial, he has the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free initial consultation.