An evening in which kids are eager to show off their costumes and excited to collect candy—walking from home to home and neighborhood to neighborhood—can suddenly end in a Georgia wrongful death. Although Halloween is a made-up spooky night, the night can suddenly turn frightening when a trick-or-treater is hit by a vehicle. Sadly, many Halloween pedestrian accidents occur each October 31st that result in serious injuries or fatalities.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), there are more fatal pedestrian accidents on the evening of Halloween involving pedestrians under the age of 21 for four of the six years between 2004 and 2010. The reason for this could possibly be because there are more child pedestrians out walking the streets at night during this day over any other day of the year. Unfortunately, this increase in pedestrian traffic also puts trick-or-treaters at an increased risk of being hit by motor vehicles.
Why Else Do Deadly Halloween Pedestrian Accidents Occur?
Sometimes impatient children don’t wait for their mother or father and walk out into the street, looking forward to pushing that next doorbell or knocking on that next door to fill their buckets with more candy. When this happens, drivers may not see the child in time due to the dark night and possible dark costume the child is wearing. However, other deadly accidents occur because of drunk drivers. Many teenagers and adults attend Halloween parties where they consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel to drive home. When drivers drink too much, Halloween can turn deadly for innocent trick-or-treaters.
And yet another reason why fatalities occur on this day of the year is that many drivers drive distracted going to or coming home from their Halloween festivities. They may be checking pictures on Facebook or Instagram to see what people look like in their costumes, or maybe texting a friend about the activities of the night. Unfortunately, when drivers participate in distracted driving, pedestrians always lose out.
Why You May Need to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Sadly, Georgia wrongful death accidents have occurred on Halloween and have affected many families. If your child was hit by a drunk driver, distracted driver, or otherwise careless driver on Halloween, your family has the right to file a wrongful death suit in Georgia to pursue compensation and justice. To find out more, contact a Peachtree City wrongful death attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 for a complimentary consultation.