The Real Horror Story this Halloween

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It is fair to say that most Halloween celebrations pass off peacefully if they are properly organised and participants act sensibly. However did you know, according to the National Highway Research, that in the US the number of children killed during this period is four times higher than any other day of the year?

The problem is partly down to children wearing dark clothing with no or little concept of the dangers of walking on the road.

Therefore if you are participating in this year’s Pagan ritual, here are a few tips to stay safe:

- Wear bright costumes or use reflective tape

- Restrict trick and treating to well lit neighbourhoods

- Stay in groups

- Alternatively, find an organised event as this will greatly reduce the risk of being involved in an accident.

If you do not wish to take part in the festivities, be careful, particularly if you out driving over the Halloween weekend. Make sure you remain vigilant at all times. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident, here are some practical steps to take:

- Contact the police

- Call your insurer if you are driving your own vehicle abroad, or the hire company if you are driving a hired vehicle, advising them of the problem

- If there are language difficulties make sure that you ask for an interpreter to be present before you discuss the accident circumstances. However in most European countries, there is the European Accident Statement or 'Constat Amiable'. This allows the involved parties the opportunity to present their version of events and is a useful document to help determine liability. There is no real risk in completing this form.

- Make sure that you keep hold of any documentation you received following the crash since this can be used as evidence later

- Try and obtain details of potential witnesses to the accident

- If the accident is serious, you may get arrested in which case you should demand to see the British Consul or its equivalent

Hopefully the only scare story this Halloween will be the costumes!

For further information please contact Ian Jenkins, a Legal Executive in our Travel Team on 02380857311 or at

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