Protecting Kids from Halloween Pedestrian Accidents
On Halloween night, a child has a greater risk of being killed in a pedestrian collision than on any other night of the year. A personal injury lawyer knows that children are at risk because of driver negligence, but also because kids may cross the road without looking or run out in the middle of the street in front of vehicles. Parents and kids need to be aware of the risks of pedestrian collisions on Halloween night and should do everything they can to stay safe.
Halloween Safety Risks for Kids
Throughout the year, an average of 2.6 children are killed in pedestrian accidents every day. On Halloween, however, the risk of pedestrian accidents is more than doubled. According to an in-depth study from State Farm that involved a review of four million collisions from 1990 to 2010, a total of 5.5 fatalities on average happened on October 31 each year. During this 1990 to 2010 period, a total of 115 children lost their lives in pedestrian accidents on Halloween night.
The most dangerous time for children was between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and a full 60 percent of all deadly child pedestrian collisions happened between the hours of 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM on Halloween night. Surprisingly, it was not very young children who were the most likely to be killed. The age group with the highest number of deadly pedestrian collisions was kids between the ages of 12 and 15. This may be because kids of this age still go out and trick-or-treat in Wilmington but they may no longer take a parent with them. Kids between the ages of five and eight were the age group that had the second highest number of pedestrian fatalities.
Preventing these accidents is a top priority for parents and drivers, both of whom can take steps to help keep kids safe. Safe Kids Worldwide provided some advice for parent when their children go trick-or-treating. For example, parents should:
- Talk to their kids about safe street crossing. Whenever possible, kids should cross on crosswalks and should follow traffic lights. Kids should never cross in the middle of the road, but should only cross at corners. They should make eye contact with drivers before crossing and should not use electronic devices when going across the road.
- Kids should wear brightly colored costumes to make it easier for drivers to see them. Masks, which obstruct vision, should be avoided (kids can wear face paint instead). Reflective stickers or other reflectors can be used on trick or treat bags to increase visibility further.
- Young children under age 12 should also not be allowed to go trick-or-treating on their own.
Drivers also have an obligation to try to keep kids safe. Drivers need to be aware of the fact that kids will be trick-or-treating and should exercise extra caution. Motorists need to slow down going through residential neighborhoods and should be on the lookout for children who are out trick or treating.
Help is available for accidents victims in Willmington, NC. Contact the Law Offices of Richard Flexner at 800-FLEXNER or visit http://www.getflexner.com to schedule a free consultation.