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Halloween is the Deadliest Day of the Year for Child Pedestrians

October 28, 2021

Halloween is the Deadliest Day of the Year for Child Pedestrians

Unfortunately, children across Florida are injured or killed in pedestrian accidents on Halloween. In most cases, these pedestrian accidents are completely preventable as they result from the negligence or recklessness of motorists. While Halloween is considered one of the most fun holidays for young children, it is also the most dangerous day of the year for children when it comes to pedestrian accidents. 

If you plan on taking your young ones out this Halloween for trick-or-treating, you should familiarize yourself with the potential risks of pedestrian accidents and what you and your family can do to keep your children safe for the holiday.

Halloween Pedestrian Accident Statistics

An analysis of U.S. motor vehicle accident data from the years 1990 to 2010, published by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, found that the average number of child pedestrian fatalities on Halloween was more than twice as high as the average number of fatalities on any other day of the year. One-quarter of all child pedestrian fatalities on Halloween occurred during the 6 p.m. hour, while more than half of all fatalities happened between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

Over 70 percent of child pedestrian fatalities on Halloween occurred somewhere other than a crosswalk or intersection. Children aged 12 to 15 had the highest rate of fatalities, accounting for about one-third of all under-18 pedestrian fatalities on Halloween, while children aged five to eight had the next highest rate at about one-quarter of all fatalities. 

Drivers between the ages of 15 and 25 were involved in approximately one-third of all child pedestrian fatalities on Halloween. 

Tips to Keep Trick-or-Treaters Safe

You can help keep children safe while out trick-or-treating this Halloween by following these simple safety tips:

Contact a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Pedestrian Accident Case in Florida

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a pedestrian accident in Florida? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey represent clients injured because of pedestrian accidents in Coconut Creek, Plantation, Pompano Beach, and Pembroke Pines, and throughout Florida. Call (954) 525-2345 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 2211 Davie Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, as well as offices in Pembroke Pines, Weston, Coconut Creek, Plantation, and Pompano Beach.

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