Serious car accidents involving pedestrians are much more likely to occur on Halloween than other days due to a combination of increased pedestrian traffic, alcohol use and nighttime activities.
According to the NHTSA’s Halloween statistics:
- 50% of pedestrians die from a drunk driving accident (33% on an average day).
- 28% of crash victim fatalities are pedestrians (14% on an average day).
- Approximately 20% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involve a drunk driver.
- More than 50% of pedestrian fatalities occur between 4pm and midnight.
Our Citrus County Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton urge both drivers and pedestrians to pay attention to what’s around you, particularly when going through intersections or crossing the street. Pedestrians should cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Always look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Put your electronic devices away and keep your head up and walk, don’t run, across the street.