October 28, 2013
Halloween night is a night of costumes, candy, and revelry. But the holiday has it’s own “skeleton in the closet”, considering data shows Halloween having the highest number of fatal pedestrian motor vehicle accidents each year.
The Pedestrian Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices explain these statistics are especially concerning to citizens in Erie County, as the region already leads the state in pedestrian accident numbers.
An article from The Buffalo News reports that last year in Erie County, there were 2,223 collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians, with 38 resulting in a fatality. A majority of the accidents were reported within the city limits of Buffalo. Amherst had the second highest number of collisions with a total of 328.
In an effort to curb the high number of accidents in the area, officials recently adopted a “Complete Streets” program that will focus construction efforts on improving highway safety within the city. In the meantime, citizens should be aware of what actions they can take to stay safe while traveling on foot.
William Mattar and his team of Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers state that pedestrians, especially trick-or-treaters, should carry a flashlight when walking after dark. Using glow-in-the-dark costume materials and makeup can also help to improve visibility, while adding a spooky element to any costume. Most importantly, pedestrians should always utilize crosswalks at street intersections.