St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest party days of the year in Las Vegas. The city is home to numerous Irish pubs and features events, shows, drink specials, and many more options for endless entertainment.
Many tourists and revelers assume that they can do whatever they want just because it is Las Vegas. The occurrence of an accident during St. Patrick’s Day can quickly ruin the holiday spirit.
The Menace Of Motor Vehicle Accidents During The St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
St. Patrick’s day and the day after are extremely high-risk days for fatal driving accidents in Las Vegas.
The leading reasons for motor vehicle accidents during this period include:
Many drivers during this holiday are going to or returning from parties. Being drunk makes motorists drive erratically and tends to slow their responses. Remember, you must be twenty-one years old to consume alcohol in Las Vegas. If you drink, don’t drive. The penalty for drunk driving in Nevada is very severe and will require court appearances.
Due to road trips, parties, and outdoor events, more cars are on the roads during the St. Patrick’s holiday. Naturally, with more vehicles on the streets, there is an increased chance of collisions occurring.
Stress And Fatigue
Crowded bars, casinos, and malls and being stuck in traffic jams can cause stress and fatigue, leading to negligent driving. Avoid driving if you are tired or experiencing drowsiness or any other physical/mental impairment that may limit awareness and cause distraction.
Besides motor vehicle accidents, slips at stores and casinos, bar fights, falls off ladders, and home fires cause injuries during this festive period.
Some Measures That Can Help You Avoid Accidents On St. Patrick’s Day
To avoid car accidents on Saint Patrick’s Day, to carpool and assigning a designated driver is highly recommended. Using a rideshare service such as Uber, Lyft, or a taxi and sharing your location with a friend or family member when in an Uber or Lyft vehicle.
Ensure your vehicle is in proper mechanical condition and suitable for highway driving. This is important when considering that there are drunk drivers on the road with you during St. Patrick’s Day.
In the event of an accident, do not leave the accident scene.
Other standard precautions that can be taken to ensure a pleasant and safe St. Patrick’s Day experience include:
- Be aware of your environment and what is happening around you. Avoid distractions.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Keep valuables and purchases out of sight or in the trunk of your car.
- Women and men should carry their wallets in the front pocket of their trousers. Purses should be held close to the body.
- Park your car only in lighted areas at night and keep car doors locked.
- Pay attention to who is around you at the bank or ATM. Check the ATM for tampering or evidence of a skimming device.
- Never accept or consume food offered by strangers.
- While visiting any establishment, know the location of fire escapes, elevators, and emergency exits.
- Avoid using a cell phone while driving. Pull over if you need to text, voice mail, or use a social media platform.
- Avoid jaywalking on the Vegas Strip, it is hazardous, and you will get cited if caught.
At Pacific West Injury Law, we believe that any celebration shouldn’t compromise the safety and well-being of people. Our Las Vegas car accident lawyers urge individuals planning to consume alcohol to refrain from driving to avoid a drunk-driving accident.
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