Halloween Pedestrian and Car Accident Facts and Statistics
Halloween is one of the most dangerous days of the year for motorists and pedestrians. Statistics show a significant increase in fatal traffic accidents on Halloween night, particularly when the holiday falls on a Friday.
At the Mayday Law Office, we help individuals who have been hurt or lost a loved one in car accidents throughout Houston. Our experienced legal team can help you understand your rights, including whether you may be eligible to pursue a claim for damages. If you have been injured in a Houston traffic accident, contact our office at (281) 741-1162 to schedule a free consultation.
Deadliest Day of the Week for Halloween
According to AutoInsurance.org, the deadliest day for Halloween is a Friday. 22% more fatal crashes occur when Halloween falls on a Friday compared to a normal Friday. Deadly crashes are more likely to happen when Halloween falls on a weekday compared to a weekend.
The deadliest days of the week for Halloween are:
Saturday is the safest day for Halloween to fall on and is the only day where there was a decrease in the number of deadly car accidents compared to an average Saturday.
Pedestrian Dangers on Halloween
Halloween can often be the perfect storm for disaster. The holiday traditionally does not get started until after dusk when little ghouls and goblins run from house to house throughout neighborhoods across the country.
Studies show that children account for 18% of those killed on Halloween. Additionally, pedestrians are 50% more likely to be killed on Halloween. While weekday Halloweens are slightly better for pedestrians, the number of pedestrian-involved accidents is still strikingly high.
On average, the percentage of pedestrian-involved deadly accidents for Halloweens that fall on a weekend is 26.67%. When Halloween falls during the week, the percentage of fatal pedestrian accidents is even greater at 28.84%.
Halloween Safety Tips
With the additional dangers present on October 31st, it is important to slow down and keep a lookout for children that might be crossing the street.
Safety recommendations for Halloween night:
- Do not drive under the influence
- Dress children in bright, reflective, flame-resistant clothing
- Slow down in residential areas and look for children
- Do not drive distracted
- If walking, use sidewalks, designated crosswalks, or cross at intersections
- Do not look at your phone while walking
- Remove tripping hazards from costumes
Many Halloween accidents can be prevented if motorists and pedestrians take the time to follow a few simple safety guidelines. However, if you are involved in a motor vehicle or pedestrian accident on Halloween night, it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney. You might be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
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