According to two decades of research done by State Farm, Halloween is the deadliest day for pedestrian accidents involving children and teens. Their research shows that an average of 5.5 children are killed on October 31 each year versus 2.6 daily fatalities other days of the year. The most dangerous time frame is 5:00-9:00 p.m., with 60% of accidents happening during these hours. In addition, 70% of accidents happen away from pedestrian crosswalks. The report also found that young drivers (ages 15-25) accounted for a third of these incidents.
Halloween is not the only dangerous holiday. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT) maintains annual statistics for holiday auto accidents. In North Carolina in 2010, there were 2,973 crashes reported during the Christmas holiday, with the second highest reported over Thanksgiving.
There are more travelers on the roads during holiday periods. Drivers may be in a hurry to run errands or get to a party, or they may simply be distracted. The statistics also reflect an increase in the percentage of fatalities during holidays that are alcohol-related. In 2010, crash reports show 33% of auto accident fatalities involved alcohol. Over the Christmas holiday, that number jumps to 47%.
As we approach the busy holiday season, it’s important for all of us to remember to drive safely. And if you are injured or you lose a loved one in an auto accident, speak to a North Carolina auto accident attorney to learn your rights.