While most parents are concerned with the candy their children are consuming, data shows that there are bigger scares of which to take heed. Over both the Fourth of July and New Year’s Day, Halloween remains the riskiest day of the year when it comes to kids being fatally injured by a car.
Historical data compiled over 21 years by State Farm insurance and others reveals 115 child pedestrian fatalities occurred on Halloween. This means that on Halloween, an average of 5.5 fatalities have occurred, which is more than double the average of 2.6 for other days. Nearly one-quarter of the deaths on Halloween occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., while over 60 percent occurred during the common trick-or-treating time of 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Common Scenes of Accidents
Seventy percent of these accidents occurred away from an intersection or crosswalk, with the middle of the block shown to be the most dangerous. Children ages 12 to 15 accounted for 32 percent of these fatalities, while those ages five to eight accounted for 23 percent.
Though it is important to keep in mind how to keep safe as a pedestrian, it is equally important to look at driver statistics to determine if there are any commonalities and anything that can be done to minimize these accidents from that perspective.
Driving on Halloween
Young drivers between the ages of 15 to 25 accounted for almost one-third of all fatal accidents involving child pedestrians on Halloween. Those drivers ages 36 to 40 and 61 to 65 contributed to the smallest number of these fatalities at 8 percent. Throughout the last six years of the study, Halloween child fatalities were under the average of 5.5.
Parents and guardians of trick-or-treating children can help to reduce the risk of a tragic accident by following some safety tips, including:
- Make sure that your children are seen by giving them flashlights and/or glow sticks and place reflective tape on costume and bags
- Use makeup instead of masks to ensure that vision is unobstructed
- Teach children how to properly cross the street by looking left, then right, then left
- Teach children to stay on sidewalks and only cross at corners or in crosswalks
- Accompany children on their quest for candy
Halloween safety for drivers includes:
- Avoid distractions. Do not use a cell phone or other electronic device while driving.
- Be mindful of children on sidewalks, as well as roadways.
- Drive within the speed limit.
- Pay extra attention when pulling in and out of driveways.
- Never assume that children can see you.
- Ensure that all car lights are properly working.
- Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped on the roadway, as they may be dropping off children.
- Put hazard lights on when dropping off kids.
- When going to a Halloween party, wait to affix your mask until you have reached your intended destination.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Advocate for Halloween Safety
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident on Halloween, it is extremely important to contact a Columbia car accident lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. as soon as possible. We will carefully review your case to determine whether you have a valid personal injury claim. Then, we will fight to recover the maximum compensation available for your injuries. To arrange a free consultation, call us at 803-929-3600 or contact us online today.
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