While Halloween may be a time of revelry for children in Florida and throughout the country, it can be a dangerous day as well. There is a 12-hour window starting at 6 p.m. on October 31 that lasts until 6 a.m. on November 1 in which people are most likely to be killed in drunk driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In 2016, nearly half of those fatalities involved people between the ages of 21 and 34. To stay safe, AAA recommends that individuals take a series of steps prior to going out as well as during any nightly activities in which they may participate. For instance, those who plan on drinking should have a designated driver available to them or plan on using public transportation. Anyone who is driving that night should slow down and watch for children in the road.
Generally speaking, kids’ attention is focused on getting candy instead of where cars are in the road. Parents of children going out for candy should remind them to look for cars before crossing the street. Ideally, they will accompany any child who is under the age of 12. Children are encouraged to wear bright clothing if possible or carry flashlights to increase their visibility to others.
If a drunk driver causes an accident, he or she may be liable for any damages incurred by crash victims. These damages may include the cost to replace a vehicle as well as any medical bills incurred. Those who are unable to work because of an injury sustained in a car crash may be entitled to receive compensation for lost wages or future earnings. An attorney may be able to assist a person during settlement talks or a personal injury trial.