ORINDA, Calif. — Even if your children are not trick-or-treating on “Elm Street,” Halloween can be a safety “nightmare” for moms and dads, says Gillin Jacobson Ellis & Larsen (GJEL Accident Attorneys), a catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firm in the San Francisco Bay area.
Children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a vehicle while walking on Halloween than any other night of the year, according to Safe Kids USA. In an analysis of deaths from 2002 to 2006, the group found that an average of 2.2 children are killed in pedestrian accidents from 4 to 10 p.m. on Halloween, compared with one child every other evening at the same time. More than 540 kids under age 14 are killed in pedestrian accidents each year.
“Communities typically do a great job of trying to keep kids safe on Halloween by encouraging daylight trick-or-treating and implementing curfews,” said Andy Gillin, managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys. “It’s up to parents and guardians to do the rest by following logical safety precautions.”
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GJEL Accident Attorneys is a San Francisco Bay Area law firm representing plaintiffs in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Since 1972, Gillin Jacobson Ellis & Larsen has obtained recoveries in more than 99 percent of its cases.