Every year in October, people all over the country walk around neighborhoods and businesses in celebration of Halloween. Not surprisingly, Las Vegas proudly lives up to its title as the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” and is one of the most popular destinations come Halloween. This is because residents and visitors alike of all ages are able to enjoy haunted houses, adult and children’s parties, and family-friendly trick-or-treating events. All of these go on well through the night before the sun rises on November 1st.
Unfortunately, with Halloween celebrations also come tragedies, often in the form of pedestrian fatalities. For this reason, each fall safety groups across Nevada and the country issue public warnings and terrifying statistics in hopes of diminishing the number of injuries and fatalities that occur in Halloween-related car accidents.
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau want everyone in Las Vegas, Nevada to have a fun and safe Halloween. For this reason, below are several tips pedestrians can follow to ensure their Halloween adventures will be unforgettable – but for the right reasons.
Pedestrian Safety Tips on Halloween
If you and/or your loved ones are planning on walking through neighborhoods in Nevada or plan to journey across the Las Vegas Strip on Halloween night, it is essential to take particular safety precautions into consideration before venturing out. These include, but are not limited to:
Attaching reflective tape or reflective material to your costume;
Outlining a safe route ahead of time;
Keeping a close eye and distance for children who may run into the road;
Making sure to stay with friends or safe groups of neighbors;
Wearing a bright costume or outfit that is easily seen day or night;
Carrying a glow stick or flashlight while out at night;
Keeping your walking route on safely lit pathways;
Only crossing streets at designated crosswalks;
Wearing a costume that does not obstruct your ability to see;
Keeping an eye out for cars that are backing up or making a turn;
Not using a cell phone while crossing the street; and
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while out.
Driver Safety Tips on Halloween
Drivers’ attention should be particularly focused on the road and the surroundings on Halloween night due to the large increase of pedestrians, particularly children, that are in the streets. Some steps Las Vegas drivers can follow to help avoid an accident or death include:
Avoiding drinking any alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel;
Staying alert and aware of the vehicle’s surroundings at all times;
Refrain from using a cell phone while driving a vehicle;
Driving more slowly in residential areas in anticipation of pedestrians;
Watching closely for children who may unexpectedly dart out into the street;
Turning on your vehicle’s headlights even if it is not dark yet;
Looking out for pedestrians who are wearing dark clothes or costumes;
Keeping an eye out for jaywalkers and/or distracted pedestrians; and
Being extra careful when driving down the Las Vegas Strip.
Halloween Injury? Contact Legal Help
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Las Vegas accident on Halloween, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Parry & Pfau today for an initial case evaluation.
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