Halloween Pedestrian Accidents: A Deadly Night for Young Pedestrians

Halloween Pedestrian Accidents: A Deadly Night for Children

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Halloween is consistently one of the most dangerous nights for teens and younger children. While there may be some merit to concerns for treats that have been tampered with, the statistics show that these concerns should be placed elsewhere.

In truth, Halloween pedestrian accidents produce twice as many child pedestrian fatalities and four times as many child pedestrian injuries, compared to any other night of the year. The pedestrian death rate of teens is twice that of younger children on Halloween night. Statistics also show that drunk driving goes up by 23% on Halloween night.

Halloween pedestrian accidents often result in catastrophic physical injuries. These injuries typically require extensive medical treatment at a substantial financial cost.

If you’re driving on Halloween night, slow down and pay attention to your surroundings. Pay extra attention around crosswalks and intersections. Don’t drink and drive.

Parents, if you have children or teens that will be participating in the Halloween festivities, please follow these simple tips for a safer experience.

  • If you have young children (under the age of 12), go with them when they trick or treat. Surprisingly, over 12% of parents admit to letting their children, ages 5 and younger, go trick or treating unsupervised.
  • Try to trick or treat in a well lit area.
  • Make sure costumes are bright, have reflective devices or they should carry some form of light or glow stick.
  • If possible, use face paint. Masks and hoods can obstruct their field of vision.
  • Make sure your children use the crosswalks or intersections when crossing the street.
  • They should look in all directions before crossing the street.
  • Remind the children to watch for cars as they cross the street.
  • Walk when crossing the street. Do not run.
  • Whenever possible, use sidewalks or paths. If a sidewalk or path is not available, walk facing the traffic and as far to the left as possible.
  • Watch for cars turning into driveways from the street or backing up out of driveways.
The lawyers of Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A. understand how devastating pedestrian accidents can be. Our compassionate injury attorneys have the experience and skill required to get you the justice you deserve. To learn more about how our pedestrian accident lawyers can help you, call us today or send us an email. We’re here to help YOU.

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