Halloween Pedestrian Safety a Concern in St. Louis

Halloween Pedestrian Safety a Concern in St. Louis

Halloween isn’t only spooky because of the ghosts and the goblins, it’s also scary because of the risks for child pedestrian accidents we face. As a matter of fact, children are twice as likely to be hit by a car while walking on Halloween than during any other night of the year.

According to Safe Kids USA, there are more than 540 child pedestrians killed in traffic accidents each year. In an analysis of deaths from 2002 to 2006, an average of 2.2 children are killed in pedestrian accidents from 4 to 10 p.m. on Halloween, compared with one child every other evening at the same time. Recent analysis of U.S. government data shows that 115 pedestrians under 18 were killed on Oct. 31 over a 21 year period from 1990 to 2010.

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Our St. Louis injury lawyers understand that children are at higher risks for pedestrian accidents during this time because they’re more likely to be out roaming our streets after dark. Sometimes they are wandering without the supervision of adults. Oftentimes, our youngest travelers don’t understand the risks. And that’s why it’s important for parents to step in and to talk with children about safe walking, and to make sure they are supervised.

“People worry about ‘stranger danger’ and sparking the obesity epidemic with all the candy, but this is the real danger on Halloween,” says Sperling with auto insurer State Farm.

Halloween Child Pedestrian Statistics:

-Nearly one-fourth (26 out of 115) of accidents occurred from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Over 60 percent of the accidents occurred in the 4-hour period from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

-More than 70 percent of these accidents happen at areas away from crosswalks and intersections.

-Children between the ages of 12 and 15 are most at risk, accounting for about a third of victims. Children between the ages of 5 and 8 follow at a close second, accounting for close to 25 percent.

-Young drivers, or those between the ages of 15 and 25, accounted for about a third of all fatal accidents involving child pedestrians on Halloween.

If you’re out driving on Halloween, make sure that you drive slowly, and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children. Watch for children who may dart out into the street. Expect the unexpected. Don’t use a cell phone while driving through neighborhoods. A single distraction could lead to a tragedy. If you’re the mom or dad dropping off the kids somewhere, when you pull over to let them out, throw on your hazard lights so other drivers see you pulled over and will hopefully slow down and drive more carefully. Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle. Don’t rely only on your headlights alone.

If you’re heading out to a Halloween party, remember to designate a sober driver to get you home. If you don’t have a sober driver, call a cab or a taxi. The last thing you want to do it to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. The risks aren’t worth it.

Have a safe Halloween and remember to be on the lookout for one another while traveling, especially in neighborhoods where you’re likely to find little ghost and goblins on the hunt for some sugary treats.

More Blog Entries:

St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Results in Chief’s Suspension, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, October 4, 2013

Simple Steps for Staying Safe on All Hallow’s Eve!, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, October 28, 2012

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