Child Pedestrian Injury and Fatality Statistics are Scary on Halloween

Posted on Oct 28, 2012

The NHTSA and AAA say that Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for children, citing the increase in the number of child pedestrians on American roadways. Child injury lawyer Chris Davis wants to warn parents about this trend and offers tips for Halloween safety.

If you ask the parent of a young child, the scariest thing about Halloween isn’t the ghosts or goblins roaming the streets, it is the odds that one of those little monsters might be hit by a car while they are out trick-or-treating. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), October 31st is the most dangerous night of the year for youngsters walking on American roadways.

For Chris Davis, a personal injury attorney who often represents children and pedestrian accident victims, the reality of this risk is nothing new.

“Surprisingly, a significant amount of the injured pedestrians that my office represents are children,” says Davis, who serves as the principal attorney at the Davis Law Group in Seattle. “Those incidents are always devastating because of the combination of emotional and physical trauma that the child has experienced as a result of the accident.”

A study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that the pedestrian fatality rate more than doubles when the speed of a car increases from 25 mph to 35 mph, furthering the idea that motorists are most capable of preventing pedestrian collisions. But parents of trick-or-treaters also have an opportunity to teach children about the benefits and importance of pedestrian safety.

“The simple act of slowing down on neighborhood roads will not only make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone, but also it could save lives,” said Moira Donahue of Safe Kids USA, a national organization that spreads awareness and collaborates with other organizations to prevent unintentional injuries to children. Safe Kids USA offers a number of additional resources regarding child safety tips on their website.

With nearly 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer in the Seattle area, Davis has also authored a series of legal guides designed to better educate the public about personal injury law. As a public service to residents of Washington State, Davis will provide his book, “Little Kids, Big Accidents: What Every Parent Should Know About Children & Accidents,” free of charge for a limited time.

“Little Kids, Big Accidents” is just one of the many free resources featured in the Washington Accident Books series of legal guides published by Mr. Davis. Those interested in learning more and ordering their free copy should visit www.WashingtonAccidentBooks.com or call the Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000.

About Chris Davis

Christopher M. Davis, founder of the Davis Law Group, has been a licensed attorney in the state of Washington since 1993. He has tried dozens of personal injury cases to verdict and has successfully handled and resolved hundreds of accident claims. He has been a Washington Super Lawyer' for seven years in a row for his expertise and success in litigating personal injury claims. You can learn more about the firm by visiting: http://www.DavisLawGroupSeattle.com.