Florida Pedestrian Accidents Jump 23% During Halloween

By: Allstate Email
By: Allstate Email

Tallahassee, FL, October 29, 2013 – On average, the number of pedestrians hit by cars spikes 23% during Halloween week in Florida, according to Allstate Insurance Company. The insurer recently looked at its Florida’s auto insurance claims involving pedestrians over the past five years and found the dramatic jump in accidents around trick-or-treat time when compared to the prior week.

“There may be more cars and pedestrians on the road at night, during the week of Halloween, potentially creating more dangerous situations,” said John Cheney an Allstate agent in Tallahassee. “Whether you’re behind the wheel or walking with your kids, it’s critical to remain alert.”

Allstate also found Christmas week had the highest jump in auto insurance claims involving pedestrians in Florida, with an increase of 30%. Claims increased 20% around the week of Thanksgiving.

With pedestrian related auto incidents increasing in Florida surrounding holiday weeks from October through December, Allstate offers these three traffic tips:

Don’t Drink and Drive
If you are attending a party, designate a driver.

Don’t Text and Drive
Focus on the road, not your cell phone. Neighborhoods that don’t normally have pedestrian or bicycle traffic may experience an increase in activity on Halloween and during the holidays. Children are excited and may forget to stop, look and listen before crossing the street.

Don’t Text and Walk
Children and parents should focus on traffic and not texting when trick-or-treating. Have an adult or an older, responsible youth supervise children. Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.

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