As we head into the fall season, many children across Mississippi are looking forward to another exciting Halloween where they can dress up as their favorite characters, collect candy from neighbors, and carve pumpkins with their loved ones. While it may seem like a holiday full of fun, it’s important to remember that the number of pedestrian accidents spikes on this night.
Halloween Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year for pedestrians. According to data from the National Safety Council (NSC), children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween, compared to any other day of the year. Some of the factors that ultimately lead to more cars hitting pedestrians include:
- More pedestrians out at night
- Trick-or-treating at night and lack of visibility
- More drunk drivers on the road
- Distracted driving
- Unsupervised young children out and about
- Road rage or reckless driving
How to Keep Children Safe This Halloween
While walking may seem like mundane activity, extra precautions should be taken to keep young children safe on Halloween night. Parents should make sure that children:
- Bring glow sticks or flashlights with them to increase visibility.
- Travel in groups whenever possible, as multiple pedestrians are easier to spot than one.
- Avoid costumes that are black or dark-colored, as these can be harder to spot at night. Instead, opt for costumes that have lighter or brighter colors.
- Have costumes that are not equipped with accessories that could be a tripping hazard, such as capes, or cause hindered visibility, such as full-face masks.
- Know to only cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
Likewise, motorists also have a responsibility to remain vigilant behind the wheel, especially knowing that pedestrians are at risk on Halloween night. All drivers should:
- Reduce their speed, especially while driving through residential areas.
- Limit driving during peak trick-or-treating hours, which are typically 5-10 p.m.
- Never drive while distracted or while under the influence.
- Never honk or rev your engine at pedestrians, even if you have the right of way.
- Drive defensively and be ready to brake in case a young child darts in the road.
We’re Here If You Need Us
You try so hard to keep your children safe. Unfortunately, we know from experience that even pedestrian accidents may be unavoidable when drivers are negligent, careless, or downright reckless. If your child or a loved one is injured this Halloween, please know that our experienced legal team has 20+ years of experience and will fiercely advocate on your family’s behalf.
Need help pursuing maximum compensation? Contact our Northern Mississippi personal injury attorneys at (662) 269-6188 for a free case review today!