The law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. recently came across an article posted on usatoday.com about the dangers Halloween night poses to children and drivers on our roads. According to the Safe Kids USA spokeswoman, Kate Jones, found in the USA Today article, “Real Horror of Halloween: Pedestrian Deaths” children are in fact more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than any other night of the year.
This conclusion comes from an analysis that was done from the years 2002 to 2006, where it was found that an average of 2.2 children were killed on Halloween night between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. after being hit by a car, compared to one child every other evening during the same time frame.
Other alarming statistics include the fact that more than 540 kids under the age of 14 are killed in pedestrian-vehicle accidents each year.
Attributing reasons to this high number of child deaths include on this holiday include:
- Children walking in the dark, sometimes without their parents or adult supervision
- Kids wearing dark costumes so that they are less visible to drivers in the evening
- Children wearing masks making it harder for them to see around corners
- Children darting out in front or in between cars
- Neighborhoods not having a sidewalk or crosswalk
- Rush-hour drivers not being alert of pedestrians on the road
At the Michigan law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., our pedestrian accident attorneys represent both children and adults who have been hit by a car and have suffered injuries or was killed. We see the catastrophic outcomes of these fatal collisions every day, and want to remind everyone to be careful when heading out on the road tonight. We advise parents to go trick or treating with your children or ensure a responsible adult supervisor accompanies them.
Legal Rights of Child Hit By Car in Michigan
A child injured in a Michigan pedestrian car accident does have legal rights. First, the injured child can file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver. This type of lawsuit would be brought by the victim’s parents and includes claims for damages such as pain and suffering, disability, and scarring or permanent disfigurement.
In addition, the injured child can file a claim for Michigan No-Fault Insurance Benefits which includes payment of medical bills, attendant care services, and more. Even if the child’s parents did not have an auto insurance policy these benefits can still be obtained.
For more information call the top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. personal injury attorneys now at (800) 606-1717. We will give you free, legal advice on what your rights are and can help you if your loved one has been involved in a crash.
To read the article “Real Horror of Halloween: Pedestrian Deaths” visit http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-10-26-halloween-safety_N.htm