What Are Common Causes of Injuries on Halloween?

Halloween should be a time of fun for both children and adults. Unfortunately, accidents do happen on the night of Halloween or during events and entertainment leading up to the holiday. long_term_effects_brain_injury

On Halloween, there is increased pedestrian traffic and increased alcohol intake, so accidents can become even more common as the night progresses.

Common Causes of Halloween Accidents

There can be many reasons for a Halloween accident, but the most likely causes often include the following:

  • Distracted driving, which can occur as a driver might be paying attention to costumed people rather than focusing on the road.
  • Driving under the influence is possible as adults migrate to and from Halloween parties.
  • Pedestrian accidents, as children will be out in larger numbers and could dart across the road as they see a door open with a neighbor carrying baskets or bags of candy.
  • Pedestrian accidents can also occur due to reduced vision with increased foot traffic at night.
  • Hayride accidents or other Halloween-themed rides could malfunction or could otherwise cause injury or death.
  • A driver’s vision could be obstructed by the costume he or she is wearing or the costume that a passenger might be wearing.

Overall, Halloween is a time when one should be extra cautious. Pedestrians should stay on the sidewalks, carry a flashlights and stay with large groups of people. Drivers should make sure they take off any part of their costume or a passenger’s costume that could obstruct the driver’s vision.

If you or anyone you know is injured before or on Halloween, then contact us. We care about the people of Nashville.

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Davis’ Words of Wisdom: An average of 5.5 children are killed in pedestrian accidents on Halloween each year, as opposed to 2.6 on a normal day, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.