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This Halloween, Make Sure the Trick Isn’t on You

Many people think of Halloween as a children’s holiday. However, make no mistake about it, there are plenty of adults who enjoy dressing up and getting into the holiday spirit. In fact, when adults get in on the act, the stakes are upped considerably. Adults go to parties where there’s plenty of booze and, in the midst of all the fun and games, it’s easy to forget you’ve had a bit too much to drink.

The next thing you know, a fun night ends in sobering statistics. This is especially true for motorcyclists. If you are sharing the road with party-goers, you need to be acutely aware that they may not be driving with all their faculties in tact.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is once again reminding motorcyclists that there is an increased risk of DWI accidents during the holiday season and especially on Halloween. In addition to making sure that you prevent friends from driving drunk on the holidays, don’t hesitate to report another driver or rider who is possibility under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  1. Often, drivers wear their costumes to bars and parties and, of course, home again. Masks get in the way of vision. Accessories can impede the driver’s ability to hold the wheel properly.
  2. If there’s a car full of people who have been partying — or who are on their way to mix and mingle — you can rest assured they are talking and laughing about the night ahead or behind them. They aren’t vigilantly watching the road.
  3. There stands a good chance that even a small amount of drinking can turn into a problem for drivers who have been around plenty of candy but no real food. That means one beer can be dangerous.

Bikers have to be prepared to be extra aware of the other cars sharing the roadway this holiday season. Do yourself a favor and use reflective tape on your jacket at night so you can be seen by distracted drivers a bit easier. And, don’t forget to watch where you are going too! Children dart in and out of the roadway while trick-or-treating. They can be as hard to see as you are to car drivers.

If you are involved in a DWI on Halloween or on any other day of the year, you need to hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who will fight for you. Andrew Prince will work tirelessly to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Call him today for a free consultation.