Halloween: Increase In Car Crashes?

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Halloween: Increase In Car Crashes?

Stillman & Friedland

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While sweets and costumes are the two main features of Halloween, another issue often arises as the day approaches: fatal traffic accidents. Studies show that fatal car accidents occur more frequently on Halloween. A few causes of the increase include more children on the streets and drunken drivers leaving parties. In this article, we’ll go over some reasons why there are more car accidents around Halloween.

Fatal Halloween Car Wrecks In The Last Few Years

According to autoinsurance.org, Halloween typically sees an increase in fatal vehicle accidents, no matter what day of the week it falls on. According to the study, we can see the following statistics:

  • 18% of the people who die in fatal crashes on Halloween are children.
  • Pedestrians have a 50% higher chance of dying on Halloween than on an average day.
  • Weekday Halloweens have 11% more fatal crashes than weekend Halloweens.

5 Deadliest Halloweens Since 1995

On Halloween day, more people are rushing in the streets, parents are driving hastily while trying to keep up with kids, it’s raining, the roads are slick, and more drunk drivers are leaving Halloween parties. So, how dangerous can driving on Halloween get? The table below ranks the worst five Halloweens over the past 25 years.

Deadliest Halloweens In The USA Over the Past 25 Years [1995 – 2019]

Halloween Safety Driving Tips

Although Halloween may be a time for spending time with loved ones and having fun in your neighborhood, it is still essential for drivers to be aware of the dangers of unsafe Halloween driving. Here are a few Halloween safety driving tips that may help you stay safe and worry-free while on the road:

  • Drive cautiously in residential areas and heed all traffic signals.
  • Drive with caution around neighborhoods that may have kids running across the streets. 
  • Drive even more slowly if you encounter snow-covered or ice streets following recent winter storms. 
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys with caution. 
  • Drive sober at all times. 
  • Never drive while using your phone.


We wish you and your family a happy and safe Halloween. Remember to drive cautiously to keep yourself, your loved ones, and others safe.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident and seriously injured, contact our Nashville-based office at 615-244-2111 for a free and confidential consultation. We will be happy to review your case at no cost to you. Our law firm works on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we reach a settlement or jury verdict award on your behalf. Stay safe. Because we care… 

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