The Fourth of July will be here before you know it. That means more visitors coming to Las Vegas to celebrate and take in some outstanding fireworks displays.
You will probably spend some time enjoying the coming events on foot, but remember that pedestrian accidents are common in Las Vegas and increased crowds pose an added danger to walkers.
Looking at facts
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some 70,000 pedestrians sustained injuries in 2015 as the result of vehicle crashes, as compared to 61,000 in 2006. This represents an increase of 15% over the 10-year period. Unfortunately, 5,376 pedestrians died in vehicle-related crashes in 2015, which amounts to about 15 people a day.
Children and people over the age of 65 are the most vulnerable pedestrian groups. As the July 4 festivities in Las Vegas draw near, visitors and residents alike should note that most pedestrian fatalities happen at nonintersection areas, and they occur most often after dark.
Kinds of pedestrian injuries
If a walker and a vehicle collide, the walker will surely suffer the most injuries, some of them devastating. Traumatic brain injury is common among injured pedestrians as well as back or spinal cord injuries and broken bones. Serious physical issues usually require a long recovery time often coupled with physical therapy. Life-changing injuries can also occur with the injured walker becoming a paraplegic or quadriplegic.
This year the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday, which means that the celebrations will likely begin on Wednesday the third and last through the weekend. Independence Day fireworks in Las Vegas are among the most spectacular in the country, but there will also be seemingly endless parties, barbecues, music and casino action to suit the tastes of everyone. There will be many distractions for people on foot. The best advice for a pedestrian is to enjoy the festivities while taking care to mitigate the risks and avoid dangerous situations so as not to become an unfortunate statistic.