Halloween is just around the corner, marking many Americans’ favorite holiday. Although things may look a little differently this year, it’s crucial to understand the possible dangers associated with this spooky holiday, including Halloween accidents and dangers of the pandemic.
Whether you are someone who thinks about and prepares their costume all year long or one of those people that throws on a wig at the last minute, you should always be vigilant on this late October holiday. Unfortunately, Halloween carries its own set of risks and potential dangers, making it one of the most dangerous holidays of the year.
Many don’t know this, but Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Today, most of us associate this holiday with dressing up, trick-or-treating, and celebrating with friends and loved ones. Sadly, Halloween has become the single deadliest day of the year for children in the United States. It is particularly dangerous for pedestrians, whether out trick-or-treating or walking home from a costume party.
While this year will undoubtedly look a little different because of COVID-19, millions of Americans look ready to celebrate. However, if you or a loved one end up in a Halloween accident this year, contact Shamieh Law and let us help you recover the damages you deserve.
Deadly Halloween Accident Statistics
To understand why Halloween is so dangerous, let’s look at some statistics:
- On average, 41 million children trick-or-treat every Halloween.
- 70 percent of parents do not join their children when trick-or-treating.
- 82 percent of parents fail to include reflective tape or another visibility aid on their kid’s costume.
- 86 percent of adults who celebrate Halloween drink alcohol.
- 65 percent of parents fail to discuss Halloween safety tips with their children.
- 12 percent of children under the age of 6 trick-or-treat unaccompanied.
- 52 percent of all deaths from car accidents involve alcohol.
- Halloween is the deadliest day for child pedestrian accidents.
- Children are twice as likely to be killed in traffic accidents on Halloween.
- Drivers between the ages of 18 and 25 are responsible for one-third of all car accidents that occur on Halloween.
- 18 percent of deaths related to car accidents on Halloween happened on crosswalks or marked intersections.
It’s difficult to predict what the numbers will look like for Halloween accidents. Still, the above should shed some light on why Halloween is considered the most dangerous holiday in America. If you or your child suffered an injury or were involved in an accident this Halloween, contact Shamieh Law and schedule a free consultation.
Common Halloween Injuries
Injuries can happen in the blink of an eye and range from minor to severe. The most common injuries that occur in Halloween accidents include:
- Slip, trip, and fall injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts from pumpkin carving
- Food poisoning
- Injuries from traffic accidents
- Eye injuries
- Puncture injuries
Avoid These Common Halloween Accidents
Let’s now look at some of the most common causes of Halloween injuries:
- Traffic accidents caused by distracted driving
- Drunk driving-related accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Costume accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Proving Fault in a Halloween Accident
When it comes to seeking compensation for a Dallas Halloween accident, it’s vital to understand the role of negligence. We often see premises liability cases following Halloween, which puts homeowners at the center. Sure, Halloween is supposed to be a fun, accident-free holiday, but unexpected injuries happen. If a child suffers an injury on your property, you, as the homeowner, may be held liable. That is why it is crucial to protect yourself from a Dallas premises liability lawsuit.
In addition to premises liability cases, we often see lawsuits stemming from car or pedestrian accidents. As always, be as diligent as possible following an accident. Write down as much information as possible about the circumstances that led to your injuries. The more details, the better. Proving fault is one of the most challenging aspects of any case, but our Dallas personal injury lawyers are here to help. To learn more about your options or to discuss your case with a lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact Shamieh Law today.
Halloween Safety Tips and COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has outlined a series of tips to help keep both children and adults stay safe this Halloween. Unfortunately, many of the traditional Halloween activities we all know and love can be dangerous and may increase the risk of contracting or spreading the novel coronavirus. To keep you and your loved ones safe this Halloween, please keep the following tips from the CDC in mind:
- Wear a mask.
- Make your mask part of your costume.
- Make sure it is a cloth mask, not a costume mask (costume masks are not sufficient substitutes for a cloth mask).
- Do not come into direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
- Set treats outside or engage in trick-or-treating activities outside only.
- Set up a self-serve station with bagged goodies for kids.
- Wash your hands frequently between every trick-or-treater.
- Stay at a minimum of six feet away from those who are not in your household.
- Bring along hand sanitizer (make sure it has at least 60 percent alcohol).
- Keep an eye on young kids and make sure they are engaging in safe activities.
- Keep trick-or-treating groups small.
- Never drink and drive.
- Make arrangements to stay with a friend or have a designated driver in place before attending a Halloween party.
- Be smart about your decisions and how COVID-19 may impact them.
- Stay alert when driving and pay attention to the sidewalks and any dark areas.
Contact a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney
Your safety and well-being is a top priority for us all here at Shamieh Law. If you or someone you love suffered an injury in a Halloween accident because of another person’s negligence or misaction, please give us a call right away. We offer free consultations and are here to answer your questions and help you understand your case.
Our Dallas accident lawyers will fight for your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We know how challenging times are right now in light of the pandemic, the last thing you want to deal with as injuries from a preventable Halloween accident. Give us a call today to meet with one of our experienced lawyers.