Trick-or-Treat Injuries Trend on the Rise and Drunk Drivers Are to Blame
Halloween related events such as community trick-or-treating have sadly become the growing scene of gruesome drunk-driving fatalities. This is because many families and their costume-clad children innocently share the streets with others who are on their way home from celebrating at local bars and restaurants and driving under the influence of alcohol. The Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials say the scary statistics don’t lie.
- During the Halloween holiday period (6 p.m. October 31 to 5:59 a.m. November 1) during the years 2012-2016, 168 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
- During the same Halloween holiday period, 44 percent of those killed were in traffic crashes that involved at least one drunk driver.
- In 2016, there were 13 vehicle occupants killed in drunk-driving-related crashes.
- The 21-to-34-year old age group accounted for 46 percent of drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2016. This is the same age group contributing to the most drunk driving fatalities overall in the U.S.
In addition, NHTSA officials have found children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than any other night of the year.
Keep Your Halloween Buzz Off the Road
Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is an illegal, deadly, and selfish decision. If you make the choice to drink even one alcoholic beverage, it may be too much, and you should prepare for a responsible ride home. If you leave your house unprepared to get home safely, you may not make these choices by the end of the night.
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one beer or glass of wine, designate a sober driver.
- Call a taxi, use public transportation, download a ride sharing app, or use your community’s sober ride program to get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement or dial 911 in an emergency situation.
- If you have a friend who is about to drink and drive, take the keys away and help them get home safely.
Our law firm wants to make sure everyone enjoys Halloween and trick-or-treating festivities this year, so if you are planning on attending a gathering remember it is never okay to drink and drive. In addition, watch your speed, buckle up, and keep your eyes on the road and extra aware of young children trick-or-treating.
Enjoy your Halloween while making smart driver choices that keep you and everyone else safe!
Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney
If you or your child become involved in an accident with a drunk driver or fatally injured because of someone else’s carelessness on the road, call our Chicago car accident and wrongful death lawyers for a free consultation to explore your legal options.
For nearly 30 years, our firm has successfully represented those who have been harmed as the result of car accidents stemming from reckless operators who chose to drive drunk. Contact us now for a free consultation with one of our attorneys at (312) 332-2872 or by completing our online case evaluation form.