Jorgensen Law - October 2019

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OCTOBER 2019 888-855-2948

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Don’t Let You or Someone You Love Become a Statistic THE GENUINELY SCARY PART OF HALLOWEEN I t’s October, which means it’s officially time to get together with your kids to pick out the perfect costume, find the creepiest haunted house, and stake out the residences in the neighborhood that offer the best candy! While Halloween is a holiday billions of people across the U.S. excitedly anticipate all year long, it has a rather interesting backstory. While the origins of Halloween (previously known as All Hallows’ Eve,) are frequently debated by historians, the vast majority believe many of the festivities we know and love today stem from an ancient Celtic celebration known as Samhain, a day which marked the end of growing season and the beginning of winter. In a way, Samhain functioned more like our contemporary New Year’s celebrations than it did like our Halloween. Later when colonists journeyed to the U.S., those who practiced Celtic religious traditions brought them across the pond. Add in the Irish traditions of going from door to door to ask for food and money and pulling pranks on Halloween night, and the road to our modern celebrations began. While this holiday has a rich history and is a favorite of many, it unfortunately often increases the potential for mayhem and danger, especially on roadways. In fact, for families with young children who plan on hitting the neighborhood for some trick-or- treating, Halloween fear extends far beyond ghosts, goblins, and monsters. Here are some legitimately scary statistics to consider before heading out this year. • According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, Halloween was the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrian accidents. • Experts have come to refer to the 60 minutes between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 31 as the “deadliest hour,” as nearly one- fourth of the night’s accidents occurred during that time. • Over 70% of all Halloween accidents occurred away from an intersection or crosswalk. • Young drivers between the ages of 15–25 account for nearly one-third of all these accidents. • 52% of all vehicle deaths that occur on Halloween involve alcohol.

• Car accidents aside, there are still approximately 3,800 Halloween-related injuries each year.

All of us here at Jorgensen Law know these statistics are frightening, but we share them not to keep you and your kids from celebrating this fun holiday but to encourage you to be more aware of the dangers it poses. If your Halloween traditions include trick- or-treating, here are some tips to keep in mind and help ensure your little ones are as safe as possible.

1. Plan to go along with your kids as they excitedly meander from doorbell to doorbell. Even if your kids know their neighbors well, other families and/or teenagers may be driving around the community. Walking from house to house with your kids helps drivers notice them. 2. Consider putting reflective tape on the top and bottom of your children’s costumes to help drivers better see them at night. You can also carry a flashlight or hand out glow-stick necklaces to trick-or-treaters. 3. If your kid’s costume involves a mask, see if there is a way for you to use face paint instead. This helps ensure their vision isn’t blocked.

4. If you need to drive your kids to another neighborhood (or multiple), be on the lookout for distracted/inebriated drivers.

This Oct. 31, our team wants you to avoid being a statistic, but we understand that even if you are as cautious as possible, accidents can still sometimes happen through no fault of your own. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury on Halloween, or any other day of the year, don’t hesitate to let us know. Our team is always here to help.

We at Jorgensen Law want to wish you and your family a happy and safe Halloween! Have fun and be careful this year!

–Don Jorgensen

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