Halloween is about ghosts and goblins, treats and dressing up. It’s about being scared, but scared in a fun way. Unfortunately, Halloween can sometimes be a nightmare. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting Dataset, children are four times more likely to be killed in a pedestrian car accident between 4pm and 8pm on Halloween night than on any other day of the year.
A hazardous combination of low visibility, children out after dark and adult drivers attending Halloween parties can too often prove fatal. Nearly fifty-three percent of traffic fatalities on Halloween involve alcohol. And, forty-five percent of all Halloween deaths involve a drunk driver. This makes Halloween one of the deadliest nights of the year.
There are simple precautions that can help make Halloween safer. Dress children in light-colored, reflective clothing and give them flashlights or glow sticks. In the Los Angeles area, drivers are often in a hurry and impatient with pedestrians, so accompany your children while trick-or-treating. Stay on the sidewalk, and only cross at well-lit cross-walks or intersections. Click here for more Halloween Safety Tips.
If you are a driver, slow down and watch for children. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way.
The pedestrian accident attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie wish you a happy and safe Halloween.
Category: Pedestrian Accident
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