California residents who plan to take their children trick-or-treating this Halloween may wish to remain especially vigilant when crossing busy roads. Accident data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that drunk driving accidents are worryingly common during the annual fall holiday with the hours between 6:00 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 1 being particularly deadly.
During this time, accidents involving at least one intoxicated driver account for 44 percent of all traffic fatalities, and nearly half of those killed each year are between the ages of 21 and 34 according to NHTSA. However, there are steps that people of all ages can take to safely enjoy the celebrations. According to the American Automobile Association, people attending Halloween parties should choose a designated driver or leave their vehicles behind and rely on taxis or lift sharing services to get them home. They should also be willing to step in when they see somebody who has had too much to drink get behind the wheel.
Halloween revelers should also remember that the holiday is very popular with children who often wear dark costumes while out trick-or-treating. Drivers should drive slowly in residential neighborhoods and parents should ensure that all costumes include at least some brightly colored or reflective material. Groups of trick or treaters are advised by the AAA to walk against the flow of traffic whenever possible and carry flashlights in poorly lit areas.
Personal injury attorneys will review police reports closely when their clients may have been injured by a drunk driver. Toxicology test results are usually the most important pieces of evidence in DUI cases, and they could also be used to establish negligence in lawsuits brought on behalf of car accident victims. When police reports indicate that motorists were intoxicated when they crashed, attorneys may encourage them or their insurance companies to avoid protracted legal battles by settling litigation quickly.