The risk of a child dying in a pedestrian accident on Halloween night is more than twice as great as the risk of a child dying in a collision on other nights of the year. A personal injury lawyer knows that all kids out trick-or-treating are at risk, whether those children are out in West Palm Beach, the suburbs of Jupiter or Wellington or surrounding areas. Parents need to be aware of the dangers that their children face and follow safety precautions to help reduce the chances of an accident happening.
Drivers also need to do their part to avoid motor vehicle collisions on Halloween night. If everyone works together to prevent accidents, hopefully kids can enjoy the Halloween holiday and have a good time without getting hurt or killed.
Halloween Risks for Kids
State Farm reviewed four million auto accident records from 1990 to 2010 to assess the risk of pedestrian collisions on Halloween night. The research revealed that there were 115 fatalities among children on October 31 over the course of this period. This is an average of 5.5 deaths due to pedestrian collisions each Halloween night. On other days of the year, an average of just 2.6 fatal pedestrian accidents occur.
The majority of fatalities on Halloween night involved children between the ages of 12 and 15. In fact, 32 percent of deaths happened among kids in this age group. Kids between the ages of five and eight were the second most likely to be killed. A total of 23 percent of the fatalities involved children within this age range.
The majority of the fatalities-- a full 60 percent -- happened between the hours of 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM. More than 70 percent of the children who were killed lost their lives in crashes in the middle of the block, rather than at street corners. This suggests that many excited children ran out in between parked vehicles into the middle of the road, surprising drivers.
Parents need to be aware of these dangers and warn their kids about the risks. Safe Kids Worldwide advises parents to tell their kids to cross at corners, on crosswalks and where there are traffic signals. Parents with kids under the age of 12 should also go out trick-or-treating with their children or ensure that kids are with adults. Having kids wear bright-colored costumes, or at least put reflectors on trick-or-treat bags can help to make children safer as well.
Parents of older children need to be aware that driving on Halloween can also be unsafe. Drivers between the ages of 15 and 25 were involved in 1/3 of the fatal pedestrian collisions that resulted in the deaths of children on Halloween. Teen drivers going to and from parties and Halloween events need to exercise extra caution. In fact, Safe Kids Worldwide urges all motorists to be aware of the added risks on Halloween and to slow down in residential neighborhoods and be on the lookout for children.
If drivers, kids and parents all make an effort to take safety seriously, hopefully kids can get through the holiday this year without injury.
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