Halloween can be fun for both children and adults in Kentucky, but the festivities lead some to drive recklessly or while intoxicated by alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the "witching hour" for drunk driving crashes is between 6 p.m. on October 31 and 6 a.m. on November 1. Many of these are caused by drivers aged 21 to 34.
Knowing that all age groups are at risk on Halloween night, AAA Northeast has provided several tips for keeping safe. Those who intend to party should plan ahead because even one alcoholic beverage can make them a threat behind the wheel. They could designate a driver, use public transportation or contact a ride-hailing service. Individuals should also prevent drunk friends from driving.
Drivers are encouraged to slow down because trick-or-treating children could dart out from anywhere. Their costumes may even be dark and hard to see. Parents, for their part, should tell their children to cross at corners and make the costumes more visible by adding a reflective material to it. Costumes should not obscure or impair the children's vision.
Trick-or-treating together is always a good idea with children younger than 12 years old. Parents could also plan a route beforehand. When going down roads that have no sidewalk, children should walk facing traffic and use a flashlight.
Victims of motor vehicle accidents through no fault of their own will want to see a lawyer about filing a claim. Personal injury attorneys usually have networks of people who can investigate accidents and measure the extent of victims' injuries. This will help fix a fair amount for a settlement. A lawyer may negotiate for a settlement and prepare the case for court if the auto insurance company refuses to pay out or offers an unreasonably low settlement.