Halloween Represents Double the Risk of Child Pedestrian Fatalities


October 30, 2013

Although alcohol impaired drivers pose the greatest risk to the safety of those who travel the roads and highways of Georgia, the prospect that you or a loved one will personally be the victim of a driver who commits DUI is something that tends to be dismissed as highly unlikely. Unfortunately, most people know someone during their lifetime who has had a family member severely injured or taken from them by a driver impaired by drugs and alcohol. With Halloween approaching, kids soon will be exposed to this danger when dressing in their costumes and wandering the streets at night in search of candy and other treats.

While Halloween can be an enjoyable time for children from tiny tikes to teenagers, it is also a time that many people host parties where alcohol is served to guests. The combination of high levels of pedestrian traffic, lack of visibility at night, parties with alcohol and inexperienced kids walking the streets can be a tragic combination. Parents can take steps to reduce this risk by always ensuring adults accompany kids while trick or treating, providing close supervision, keeping kids out of the street except when crossing, entering the street only at intersections and using bright clothing or reflectors to make pedestrian groups more visible to approaching motorists.

The risk of pedestrian accidents involving kids is much higher during Halloween because there are simply so many little ghosts and princesses wandering dimly lit streets. A study conducted by a child safety organization called Safe Kids Worldwide reports that the number of child pedestrian fatalities on Halloween is double that of the next highest day for fatal pedestrian accidents involving kids.

The organization pointed to a number of risk factors that contribute to pedestrian accidents involving kids during Halloween. While it may seem self-evident to some parents that kids should never trick or treat alone, the Safe Kids Worldwide study revealed that more than 1 in 5 kids under the age of five were allowed to troll for candy alone. The organization also found that 4 in 10 parents permit kids to use at least one item when trick or treating that increases the risk of a pedestrian accident. Examples of these unsafe items include masks that obstruct a child's vision or costumes that are too big and limit mobility or contribute to falls or entrapment that may make it difficult to get out of the roadway.

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Our Atlanta personal injury lawyers are committed to promoting the safety of kids throughout the Atlanta-Metro area and surrounding areas of Georgia. If your child suffers injury in a pedestrian accident on Halloween, our Georgia pedestrian injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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