Children have a greater chance of being fatally injured by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year, including holidays like the Fourth of July and New Year’s Day. Two decades of data reveal that Halloween is in fact the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians. Sperling’s BestPlaces analyzed more than four million records in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) from 1990 – 2010 for children 0-18 years of age on October 31.
The research revealed the following:
- Halloween Deadliest Day of the Year for Child Pedestrian Accidents
According to the 21 year analysis, 115 pedestrian fatalities occurred on Halloween. That is an average of 5.5 fatalities each year on October 31, which is more than double the average number of 2.6 fatalities for other days.
- “Deadliest Hour”
Nearly one-fourth (26 out of 115) of accidents occurred from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Over 60% of the accidents occurred in the 4-hour period ranging from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
- Most Hazardous Area
More than 70% of the accidents occurred away from an intersection or crosswalk.
- Ages Most at Risk
Most of the fatalities occurred with children ages 12-15 (32% of all child fatalities), followed by children ages 5-8 (23%).
- Drivers Who Posed the Greatest Risk
Young drivers ages 15-25 accounted for nearly one-third of all fatal accidents involving child pedestrians on Halloween.
- Drivers Who Posed the Lowest Risk
Drivers ages 36-40 and 61-65 were involved in the fewest child pedestrian fatalities on Halloween.
Be Safe This Halloween!
At the law firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A. we want you to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our team of experienced Orlando personal injury attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Please feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website or call us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case at 407-490-1271.