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When Halloween Marks the Night of a Tragic Pedestrian Accident – What Should Parents Do?

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By David Wolf, Attorney
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Child Injury Lawyer Network

Halloween is a wonderful tradition for most children in most neighborhoods.  It is a magical night for most who venture out to knock on doors to get free candy.  It is a night full of adventure and fun.  Unfortunately for some children and their parents, Halloween marks the day / night when tragedy strikes.   Despite the fact that Halloween always falls on same day of the year and the fact that Halloween is a well known tradition filled with child pedestrians and trick or trickers, there are still pedestrian accidents, personal injuries, and even deaths that take place on Halloween.  With a long standing tradition of trick or treaters, Halloween is a magical night but also a very dangerous one.  It can be quite a challenge to drive a vehicle in any residential or commercial area on Halloween night.  It is important to drive with the utmost of caution.  Drivers should not just obey the speed limits and local traffic regulations. Drivers should drive well below the speed limits and be on the look out for children.

In Santa Ana, California, tragedy struck three times in a residential neighborhood.  Three girls – between the ages of 13 and 16 years old – were struck by a vehicle while trick or treating.   It was reported that the driver of the vehicle lost control of the vehicle and struck the girls as they were walking with their Halloween buckets of candy.   Witnesses to the horrific accident saw three males escape on foot from the scene of the accident.  The accident took place at approximatley 6:45 p.m. in the area of Fairhaven Avenue and Old Grand Street near the area of Fairhaven Elementary School. You can read more about this incident at Halloween – 3 Deaths of Teenage Girls in Santa Ana California.

When a child is injured or dies as a result of a pedestrian incident, a parent is often faced with a number of challenges.  Of course, no parent ever is emotionally prepared to deal with a seriously injured child OR a child who died as a result of the careless acts of others.  Shock and disbelief are common and understandable emotions for parents.  It is vital that parents at this time of need have the support of other family members, neighbors, friends, the community, medical providers, and yes when needed a Child Injury Lawyer.  The book titled – When the Wheels Stop Spinning – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Parents Need to Know After the Accident – has chapters on pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, automobile accident, automobile insurance, wrongful death, settlement / compensation, and other topics. You can get this book for free at When the Wheels Stop Spinning.

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