The Super Bowl is a highly anticipated event for football fans around the country. This exciting and spirited event will have Allegiant Stadium’s 65,000 seats full of fans rooting for their favorite team. However, the fans at Allegiant Stadium only account for a fraction of the masses that will be tuned in to watch the Super Bowl. According to the NFL, 20 million people, or 60% of Americans, watched the Super Bowl in 2023.
Whether you are attending a Super Bowl party, bar hopping, or even the game itself, this is a time when pedestrian accident rates rise, and there are safety measures you need to take to ensure a fun celebration. Pedestrian deaths have risen 77% from 2010 to 2021 making this a very pressing issue, especially on a day like the Super Bowl. In this guide, I will be sharing some tactics for how you can have an enjoyable and safe Super Bowl experience, wherever you may be.
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There are a few different risks to pedestrians during the Super Bowl. Some common factors are:
- Alcohol Consumption (Drivers and pedestrians): According to the CDC, there are about 104,000 emergency room visits to pedestrian-related accidents per year, which equates to about 144 visits per hour. Alcohol was involved for the driver or pedestrian in about 49% of the pedestrian deaths in 2021.
- Low Visibility: When the Super Bowl ends, it is dark outside. Pedestrians walking to post-game events face the risk of cars or scooters not seeing them.
- Distracted Walking: Pedestrians may get distracted by smartphones and not be fully aware of their surroundings, making them more likely to get into an accident.
- Jaywalking: Pedestrians crossing roads in undesignated areas can catch drivers off guard and lead to collisions.
According to the Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyers at Panish, Shea, and Ravipudi, there are some tips for staying safe when walking around this Super Bowl weekend, which include:
- Obey Traffic Signals: Use sidewalks when possible, only cross roads in designated areas, and cross when signaled to walk.
- Stay alert: Avoid using drugs or alcohol while walking. Make sure you have a sober person with you at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and do not use your phone while crossing streets.
- Plan Ahead: Plan your festivities to not take any unsafe walking routes and allow enough time to get to where you need to be. You don’t want to end up walking in an area with no street lights, busy roads, or crosswalks.
The Super Bowl has historically been a day where accident rates spike, but staying informed about potential risks and planning a safe celebration is essential to keeping game-day fun. Alcohol, low visibility, distracted walking, jay walking, or a combination of these are common accident-causing factors that can be easily avoided. If you find yourself walking around town during this Super Bowl, I encourage you to keep these safety tips at the top of your mind so you and your loved ones don’t end up in an accident.