From trick-or-treating to parties, Halloween night can be an evening of fun for people of all ages in Virginia. However, Halloween night can also be a dangerous time on the roads, especially when drunk driving is involved. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween night is the worst night each year for drunk driving accidents. From 2012 to 2016, 44 percent of all traffic fatalities that night were linked to drunk drivers.
In addition, nearly half of those deaths were those of young people between 21 and 34, often traveling to or from Halloween parties and other celebrations. However, statistics also show that no pedestrians were killed in 2016, a positive indication that trick-or-treating children were largely spared the dangers of Halloween car crashes. At the same time, safety advocates urged steps that people can take to protect themselves and others.
The AAA urged all drivers to make a plan to get home from a party with drinking involved. They could designate a sober driver, plan to use public transit or make use of a ride-hailing service. In addition, they urged people who saw their friends about to get into a car while intoxicated to take the keys and prevent them from driving drunk. AAA also encouraged drivers to watch out for children on the road, especially as many are wearing dark costumes. Children may be particularly prone to dart out between parked cars.
Car crashes on any day of the year can pose a serious risk of severe injuries, lifelong disabilities and even fatalities. People who have been injured in a crash due to someone else’s dangerous or negligent driving might work with a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation for their damages, including medical bills and lost wages.