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Ensuring Pedestrian Safety on Halloween Night

Each October, Las Vegas lives up to its title as the “Entertainment Capital of the World” by being a popular destination for Halloween aficionados. People of all ages can enjoy spooky haunted houses, countless parties (for adults and children!), and kid-friendly trick-or-treating events all before the sun rises on November 1st. Unfortunately, the scariest thing about Halloween isn’t the illusion of monsters and ghouls—it’s the number of pedestrian fatalities. Each year, dedicated safety groups release public warnings and alarming statistics in an effort to decrease the number of injuries and fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents on Halloween.

At Bernstein & Poisson, we want you to have a safe and thrilling Halloween night you’ll remember for the rest of your life. For this reason, our Las Vegas car accident attorneys have compiled a list of tips to keep pedestrians safe during their Halloween adventures.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

If you’re planning to mosey through neighborhoods or journey across the strip this Halloween night, it’s important to take certain safety tips into consideration:

  1. Prepare a safe route in advance
  2. Stay with friends or safe groups of neighbors
  3. Keep watch for any children who may run into the street
  4. Wear a bright outfit or costumes that is easy to see
  5. Make sure that your costume doesn’t obstruct your vision
  6. Attach reflective tape to your clothing
  7. Carry a flashlight or glowstick
  8. Stay on well-lit paths
  9. Only cross streets at designated areas
  10. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up
  11. Don’t use your cell phone while crossing the street
  12. Avoid drinking

Safety Tips for Drivers

Ignore the misconception that there are no driving rules in Las Vegas. On Halloween night, your focus needs to be absolutely focused on the road. Follow these steps to avoid an accident that could change your life for the worse:

  1. Stay alert
  2. Don’t use your cell phone while driving
  3. Drive very slowly in residential areas
  4. Look for people wearing dark costumes
  5. Watch for children darting into the street
  6. Cautiously watch for jaywalkers and distracted pedestrians
  7. Turn your headlights on even if it isn’t dark yet
  8. Be extremely careful when driving down the Last Vegas Strip
  9. Avoid drinking

You may have noticed that one tip is on both lists, and with very good reason! Distracted driving and driving under the influence are the two major causes of pedestrian accidents on Halloween night. With all the parties and nighttime events, it’s all too easy to imbibe a little bit too much. If you’re planning to drink, make alternative plans that keep you off the streets and away from a steering wheel.

Injured on Halloween? Contact an Experienced Las Vegas Lawyer Today!

Whenever a car hits a pedestrian, two lives are irrevocably changed forever. If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, contact the accident attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson. We understand how difficult it can be to pursue a lawsuit while you’re still recovering from your injuries, and our priority is to simplify the process for you. Our legal team has been representing the residents of Las Vegas for over 30 years. If you want to secure compensation that covers your medical expenses and accounts for your lost wages and reduced earning capacity, call our firm today.

Contact Bernstein & Poisson at (702) 602-8869 to schedule a free consultation.