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Halloween: One of the Deadliest Days for Pedestrians

Halloween: One of the Deadliest Days for Pedestrians

Personal Injury Lawyer Gives Halloween Safety Tips

We all love Halloween because it is so much fun. Children can eat all the candy they want and dress up as their favorite characters. For adults, it is a chance to feel like kids again and relax. Unfortunately, Halloween, in addition to being a festive occasion, is one of the deadliest days of the year for pedestrians.

Each year, up to 30 pedestrians on average are killed on October 31, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is almost three times more than the number of fatalities on a regular day. Sadly, most of those pedestrians are kids.

Children usually get carried away and over excited about trick-or-treating, high on sugar from the obscene amount of sweets they gobble down. Sometimes they run across the street without checking if there are cars. Kids also don’t use crosswalks as they should, which is a lot of pedestrian accidents happen in the middle of the street.

Peak danger time starts at about 4 p.m. when it gets darker and children go out to trick-or-treat. Motorists have to be particularly careful from that time until midnight. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety warns that pedestrians are the most vulnerable during this period. But it does not mean drivers can relax at all other times. It is crucial to follow traffic rules on any day. However, on Halloween you should be especially vigilant.

According to the NHTSA, Halloween is the third worst day for pedestrian fatalities. The NHTSA examined data from a 25-year period and found that a total of 715 pedestrians were killed on October 31 between 1978 and 2002. The first deadliest day on the calendar is December 23 (753 dead pedestrians) and the second is January 1 (751 pedestrians).

The number of pedestrian deaths on Halloween is also rising. While in 2009, there were 4,109 pedestrian deaths, this number increased by four percent in 2010.

How to avoid accidents on Halloween

Of course, safety is important. But this doesn’t mean you should deprive your child of Halloween fun because of some scary statistics. There are ways to protect your child from accidents while still allowing them to go out and have fun.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has made a list of safety tips for trick-or-treaters and their parents.

Here they are:

  • Chicken should stick together. It is easier for motorists to see a large group of people. It is even better if parents accompany their young children under the age of 12. You could also wear a funny costume and have fun while watching your kids.
  • Make sure you and your children cross the street at the crosswalk and not mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Make costumes safe. You should check that the masks don’t obstruct vision. The length of the costume should be comfortable to walk in, so that kids do not trip and fall. It is a good idea to put reflective tape on the cloth to make children easily visible in the dark. It is a must do if your child decided to wear an all-black costume.

Contact a personal injury lawyer in an accident

Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen. It is the worst when innocent children are the victims. All the statistics above were for pedestrian fatalities, but there are even more cases when road accidents cause different kinds of injuries. If you or your child has been a victim of an accident, you should call an experienced personal injury lawyer and he will arrange for a fair settlement and deal with other legal issues.

Wilshire Law Firm wishes everyone a happy and safe Halloween!

Last Updated: 03-24-2017