During October, the temperature drops and the leaves begin to change colors. Also, during this month children of all ages eagerly wait to celebrate Halloween. On October 31, they dress up in their favorite costume and traipse around the neighborhood to gather as much candy possible (or as much as their parents will permit). However, with an influx of pedestrian traffic and distracted drivers, this day can have scary ramifications very fast.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTSA):
- Since 2014 there has been a steady climb in the number of fatal car accidents and the number of people who have been injured in car accidents.
- From 2015 to 2016 there was a 5% increase in the number of car accidents with fatalities per day. Also, alcohol-Impaired and pedestrian car accidents with fatalities increased by one each day.
- The number of children five years old and younger killed or injured while riding in a vehicle has increased since 2014.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that car crashes in 2015 were the leading cause of death for children age 10 and for every age between 16 and 23.
With these startling statistics all increasing each year, the likelihood of a car hitting another car or a pedestrian on Halloween is high. The Safe Kids and The National Safety Council reports that compared to other days of the year, children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween and killed.
Eliminate Distracted Driving
We must focus on reducing the number of traffic accidents, especially on Halloween, making the holiday fun and safe for everyone.
With distracted driving accidents being on the rise over the years, Georgia recently enacted a law to keep people from using their cell phones while driving. However, cell phones are just part of the problem when it comes to distracted driving. Some of these other activities may include eating, talking to passengers and adjusting the radio or climate control.
On Halloween, drivers can quickly get into an accident due to all these distractions. To keep this from happening, drivers need to be:
- Focused on eliminating anything that can divert their attention away from the road.
- Always aware of their surroundings.
- Prepared for people running out in the road and in between cars, especially children.
- Encourage young drivers to stay off the roads on this night.
Following these tips will keep real fright out of driving during the night. However, if you are involved in an accident on Halloween or any other time and need legal assistance then call Miller & Wynn. Our locally-based attorneys have decades of experience. Call us at 770-942-2720 to make an appointment or visit www.MillerWynnLaw.com.