For kids out trick or treating in Birmingham, Halloween night is supposed to be a time to dress up in a fun costume and get candy. Unfortunately, between 1990 and 2010, a total of 115 kids have lost their lives in pedestrian collisions on Halloween night. This data comes from a recent study conducted by State Farm in which more than four million accident records were reviewed. The statistics from Halloween night reveal that the number of kids killed on October 31 in pedestrian crashes was more than double the number of fatalities on other nights of the year. While there are normally an average of 2.6 pedestrian crash deaths among children daily, there are 5.5 kids killed in pedestrian crashes on Halloween night.
A personal injury lawyer knows that the majority of the collisions on Halloween night occur in the middle of the block, as opposed to at intersections. Consumer Reports indicates that this might occur because kids run out into the middle of the road from in between parked vehicles. If drivers are not paying careful attention, they could strike and kill a child. Drivers need to be focused on the road on Halloween when more kids will be out, and parents need to talk to their children about Halloween safety.
Halloween Safety Risks for Kids
Sixty percent of accidents on Halloween night occur between the hours of 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM, with the vast majority of crashes happening specifically between 6:00 and 7:00. Kids between the ages of 12 and 15 account for the highest number of fatalities (32 percent). Kids between the ages of five and eight account for the second highest number of fatalities (23 percent).
Safe Kids Worldwide suggests that children under the age of 12 should not trick-or-treat or be out alone at night. This is good advice, but unfortunately the high number of deaths among older kids and teens suggest that kids within this older age group face risks as well. Unfortunately, young adult drivers out on Halloween are also likely to be involved in deadly pedestrian crashes. In fact, around 33 percent of deadly collisions that killed children on Halloween were caused by drivers between the ages of 15 and 25.
Safe Kids Worldwide has tips for drivers of all ages to help reduce the risk of pedestrian accident fatalities on Halloween. Drivers should:
- Be aware of the added risks of children, especially before 9:00 PM and as the light starts to change and visibility is reduced.
- Slow down, especially in residential neighborhoods. It is imperative to be on the lookout for children.
- Avoid distracted driving. While using electronic devices is always high-risk, driving distracted could be even more dangerous on Halloween when a child could dart into the road at any minute.
Kids and parents can also do their part to help avoid the risk of Halloween collisions. Kids should wear brightly colored costumes whenever possible to make it easier for drivers to see them. Putting reflectors on trick-or-treat bags can also be helpful in reducing the risk of a pedestrian accident occurring.
Accident lawyers in Birmingham, Alabama can help if you have been injured in an accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit http://www.slocumblaw.com.