Car Accidents on Halloween
Halloween is one of the most exciting and festive holidays of the year. On the evening of October 31, people of all ages will be dressing up in flashy costumes and hitting the streets for treats, parties, and spooktacular events. Unfortunately, emergency rooms are flooded throughout the month of October due to reckless, intoxicated, and distracted drivers.
A motor vehicle collision can result in the following catastrophic injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Multiple bone fractures
- Neck injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Burn injuries
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there are approximately 6,000 pedestrian fatalities (with a record-breaking 7,450 in 2017) and 160,000 nonfatal injuries reported every October. About 18% of these fatalities involve pedestrians at intersections and other road crossings. Tragically, children are twice as likely to be struck and killed by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.
What Is Halloween Safety Month?
Halloween Safety Month is an annual awareness campaign that is observed every October. As the designation implies, the purpose of this event is to educate the nation on best safety practices when enjoying Halloween festivities.
You can participate in this campaign by sharing the #HalloweenSafetyMonth hashtag on your social media accounts and practicing 3 critical safety tips:
Tip #1: Wear Safe & Flashy Costumes
- Choose costumes that are bright, colorful, and easy to move in.
- Don’t wear masks or wigs that obstruct your vision.
- If you’re going out at night, fasten reflective tape onto your clothes.
Tip #2: Plan Your Trick-Or-Treating Adventure
- Plan a safe trick-or-treating route well in advance.
- Avoid jaywalking and stay on brightly-lit sidewalks.
- Don’t let your children wander into unprotected streets.
- Go forth into the night armed with a trusty flashlight or glowstick.
- If your older teens are going out alone, keep in contact with them via cellphone.
Tip #3: Drive Safely
- Be vigilant when driving in residential and urban areas between 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
- Always drive with your headlights on.
- Keep a safe distance away from weaving or speeding drivers.
- Avoid distracted driving behaviors (keep that phone away!).
- Be on the lookout for wandering trick-or-treaters and party-goers.
- Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Most of these safety tips can apply to children, teenagers, and adults alike – and not just on Halloween night. If you stick to this list, you may be able to avoid a tragic incident or injurious accident this month. Remember, drivers tend to get a little crazy around the holidays, especially when there are so many parties and events in the nights leading up to Halloween.
Injured by a Negligent Driver this Halloween? Call The Scarlett Law Group
We hope these informative tips can help you and your loved ones stay safe this October. That said, if you find yourself injured by a negligent driver and in need of personal injury representation, please contact the pedestrian accident attorneys at the Scarlett Law Group as soon as possible. Our client-driven legal team can research the accident, collected critical evidence, and represent your interests through each stage of this challenging legal process.
We’re here for you. Contact Scarlett Law Group at (415) 688-2176 to explore your options with an experienced lawyer.