There are so many ways to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas, from hanging out in an Irish pub to enjoying the festivities on Fremont Street. Although the crowds will likely be smaller this year because of COVID-19 restrictions, revelers can still expect more people and cars out and about beginning this weekend. However you choose to spend the holiday, Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys encourages you to drink responsibly and follow these tips to avoid being injured on St. Patrick’s Day this year.
#1: Make Transportation Plans in Advance
Don’t leave an important decision like how to get back home to the end of the night. Arrange your transportation before the drinking begins so no one is left stranded with their car in a parking garage or outside a bar. If you’re going out with friends and want to save on transportation, choosing a designated driver is a great option. If everyone wants to partake, or your designated driver ends up drinking, make sure you download a rideshare app on your phone or have the number for a local taxi company on hand.
Even if your St. Paddy’s plans don’t include drinking, be sure to drive especially carefully. Las Vegas Metro Police will be on the lookout for drivers who seem intoxicated, but on a major drinking holiday, drunk driving accidents are common. Use defensive driving tactics and report suspected impaired drivers to police.
#2: Let Someone You Trust Know Your Plans
Whenever you plan on going out in Las Vegas, it’s a good idea to let someone know who you’ll be with, where you’re going, and when you plan on getting home. Choose someone you know and trust, and who isn’t also going out for the evening. Create a game plan for letting them know when you make it home safely and check in regularly throughout the night. If you’re lucky, this person can even act as a backup designated driver if you get stuck on the Strip or downtown.
#3: Keep the Peace
Las Vegas and shenanigans go hand in hand, so it’s important to keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Rowdy party goers may be looking for a fight after a bit too much alcohol, so remember to stay cool, don’t engage, and know when to get management involved or leave a venue altogether. Bar fights rarely end well for anyone between potentially serious injuries and possible criminal charges.
#4: Protect Yourself
Although the Las Vegas Strip and the Fremont Street Experience are generally well-lit, it’s still important to protect yourself from would-be thieves. Pickpockets are everywhere and can blend into a crowd easily, so keep your wallet in your front pocket or use a crossbody purse to hold your valuables. Don’t go out alone or break off from your group to hang out with someone you don’t know well, and don’t accept drinks you didn’t see poured firsthand.
If you have no choice but to walk back to your car or hotel alone, call a friend and stay on the phone until you’ve made it to your destination. All these things can help you reduce your risk of being assaulted or injured on St. Patrick’s Day.
#5: Stay in Designated Pedestrian Areas
Lastly, you’ll want to avoid the temptation to jaywalk or leave designated pedestrian areas. Not only can you be ticketed, but the increased traffic can lead to a pedestrian accident. Drunk driving is a major issue, but may pedestrian injuries and deaths also occur because of impaired pedestrians. Stick to marked crosswalks with traffic signals when you need to cross the street and sidewalks when walking elsewhere.
What to Do If You’re Injured on St. Patrick’s Day
If you, a passenger, or a loved one are in a car accident or otherwise injured on St. Patrick’s Day because of another person’s negligence, prompt legal help is just a phone call away. Our experienced legal team is available 24/7 on holidays and weekends to assist injury victims.
Call 702-877-1500 to speak with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer and arrange your free, no obligation consultation. You can also get in touch with us via LiveChat, or by sending us a message through our secure contact form. The call and case review are always free, and you don’t pay us anything unless we obtain a recovery on your behalf. Contact us today!