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No Tricks: Halloween Safety Tips for All

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by Andrew L. Shapiro

(818) 907-3230


Halloween isn't usually our most dangerous holiday when it comes to safety on the roads. That infamy is generally attached to the "drinking" festivals like Thanksgiving, Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, according to the National Safety Council.

But this year, Halloween happens to fall on a Friday, which means many revelers won't have to get up early to get to work the following morning. Halloween parties are a lot more tempting when held on Fridays or Saturdays, than say, Tuesday.

Combine that factor along with the number of trick-or-treaters out on the road that evening plus the number of distracted drivers navigating pedestrian-crowded neighborhoods, and All Hallows Eve starts to look just a little scarier this year. With that in mind, we thought we'd share some Halloween safety tips, in the hopes of keeping you and yours celebrating in good health.

Pedestrian Safety:

  1. Add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags, particularly if the costume is dark-colored. Drivers will see you better if you're not blending into the shadows.

  2. Use a flashlight, or carry glow sticks.

  3. If wearing a mask, make sure it fits well. You want good peripheral vision to avoid stepping on your fellow ghouls and goblins and crossing the street. (Don't wear your mask while driving. You want good peripheral vision when behind the wheel too.)

  4. Keep clear of candles, especially if wearing flowing robes or other costumes that billow and trail.

  5. Remember the basics: Use sidewalks and crosswalks whenever possible, and look both ways before crossing.

Other Halloween Safety Reminders:

  1. Make sure costume accessories are soft and short. You don't want to trip others with swords and light sabers, or poke someone in the eye with Neptune's trident.

  2. Trick-or-treating is a "buddy" activity. Don't go alone, or let your kids go alone.

  3. Examine the goodies for tampering before consumption. Make sure you keep smaller children away from treats that may cause choking.

  4. Decorative contact lenses may cause eye injuries. If you must have cat eyes for the evening, at least spring for an optometrist's exam so you can get properly fitting lenses.

  5. Halloween makeup and accessories like fangs should be tested well in advance. Allergic reactions and mouth abrasions can really make mayhem of your holiday.

Remember, common sense is key. You've heard all or most of the above recommendations before, but sometimes in the spirit of the season, we tend to forget. Here's hoping you remember – and that you also have a safe, and Happy Halloween.

Andrew L. Shapiro is the Chair of our Personal Injury Practice Group. Contact him via email: or by phone: (818) 907-3230.


A Car Accident in Los Angeles – Three Steps You Must Take

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by David B. Bobrosky

(818) 907-3254


When you have a car accident in Los Angeles (or anywhere else in the world) it’s often difficult to think clearly about the important steps you need to take to keep you, passengers and other drivers safe immediately afterwards.


First, according to California law, you must stop immediately after the accident. If not, you could be charged with a hit and run.

Once stopped, you’ll need to do three things.

First, your basic survival instincts should remind you to get off the road and to stay out of harm’s way. Rubberneckers are prone to causing serious, secondary accidents. We once represented a woman who was struck by a big rig while she was standing outside her car after a minor accident.

The second step is to check to see if anyone has been injured and to call for help if someone did experience anything from minor to extensive injuries, or if they seem to be in a state of shock. My advice is to call the police after every accident. But you’ll find that they usually will not respond unless you tell them someone is injured or the other party is not cooperating in the exchange of information. 

The third step, which often gets lost in the immediacy of the situation, is to document everything that happened.

Steps one and two protect you in the “here and now”. Step three will help you later, particularly in the case of future litigation, financial claims, and/or developing injuries.

California Accident Law – Handle the Legal Requirements First


If you’re involved in a car accident in California, you must present your driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and current address to the other drivers involved in the accident.

If you don’t have one of our brochures available but you have a smart phone with a decent camera AND if the other drivers will allow you to do this, take photos of the other drivers’ information, ensure all of the text is in focus, and immediately e-mail the photo to yourself so it won’t get lost. Otherwise, grab pen and paper and start writing.

Accident Photos Speak a Thousand Words


Once you have everyone’s information, start taking photos of the scene. Get wide shots of the area (include street signs, stop signs, traffic lights, etc.) as well as close up images of anything damaged (yours and theirs), and license plates of the cars involved.

Try to get pictures of the cars before they are moved, if you can, but do not put yourself or others in danger in an attempt to get photos.

Accident Avoidance: Stay Safe When Driving


The ideal situation when driving is to do everything you can to avoid a car accident in the first place. You can do this by staying constantly aware. That means no eating, drinking or applying cosmetics while driving, and no using your cell phone while driving. In other words, no driving while distracted, or DWD.

It also means “driving defensively,” especially when you spot others “multi-tasking” on the road.

Sometimes though, no matter how careful you are, things just happen. If you’re involved in a Los Angeles car accident,

1. Get yourself and others to safety.
2. Check for injuries sustained during the accident, and potential dangers arising at the accident scene.
3. Document everything.

You can reach David B. Bobrosky in our Personal Injury Practice Group by dialing 818.990.2120.


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