According to a recent study that examined over four million records in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System from 1990 to 2010 involving minors and Halloween, October 31 is, indeed, the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians. This the date when the kid pedestrian fatality rate goes up by more than double the average number from 2.6 child pedestrian deaths/day on other days to 5.5 fatalities. 6-7pm, which is a popular time for trick-or-treating, is considered the deadliest hour of Halloween and the period when nearly one fourth of child pedestrian accidents happen. 5-9pm is when over 60% of such incidents happen. State Farm and Sperling's BestPlaces jointly conducted the study.
In South Florida, if your son or daughter is injured in a Coral Springs child pedestrian accident today or on any other day of the year, please contact Trop & Ameen, PA right away and ask for your free case evaluation. You may have grounds for filing a claim or lawsuit against the party responsible for the crash.
More Halloween Child Pedestrian Statistics:
• Between 1990 and 2010 there were 115 Halloween child pedestrian fatalities.
• 32% of these deaths were kids from the 12-15 age group.
• Kids in the 5-8 age group made up the second largest demographic of child pedestrians killed on Halloween.
• Young drivers, ages 15-25, were involved in close to a third of these deaths.
• On a positive note, for every year between 2005 and 2010, the Halloween child fatality average rate has gone down.
Meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are both reporting that kids are four times as likely to get hit in a car accident on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Some of the reasons why:
• Darkness can make it harder for drivers to see pedestrians, especially smaller kids.
• Certain costumes, including masks, can make it hard for the wearer to see his/her surroundings, while other types of costumes can make it more difficult for motorists to see him/her.
• Adults and older teens, not just kids, often celebrate Halloween and some may choose to drink and drive on this busy night.
While parents and children need to be very careful tonight, motorists are equally responsible for making sure that they refrain from driving drunk or distracted driving. They need to pay careful attention and look to see who is on the sidewalks, crosswalks, and on the road. Driving more slowly through neighborhoods should help—especially as kids are more likely to excitedly run cross the streets to get from one house to another on this night.
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'The Real Danger on Halloween': Kids Hit By Cars, USA Today, October 28, 2012
afety Halloween Tips for Parents and Drivers, KCSG.com, October 30, 2012
Halloween is 'deadliest day' for child pedestrian fatalities, Sentinel-Standard, October 29, 2012
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