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Tips to Avoid Holiday Accidents Caused by Negligence

During the holidays, thousands of accidents occur due to negligence. Identifying the causes of those accident is key to ensuring that you and your loved ones do not sustain injuries that will not only put a damper on the holiday season, but may have a lifelong effect.

Car Accidents

You cannot control what other people do on the road, but you can control what you do on the road. It is important to pay attention while you are driving, especially if poor road or weather conditions exist. Following another car too closely during icy or snowy weather can be a recipe for disaster if they decide to stop very quickly.

Additionally, many people drive after they have consumed too much alcohol. Before you put your foot on the gas when your traffic light turns green, make sure to look both ways. Be alert to any motor vehicle operators who may run a red light due to driving under the influence, or simply not paying attention.

Trips and Falls

Holiday decorations cause thousands of injuries each year. Extension cords are a common way of powering holiday decorations, but the placement of the cord is not always the smartest. You or a loved one could trip on the cord and sustain injuries due to that fall.

To avoid this type of accident, make sure you are watching where you and your loved ones are walking. When visiting someone else’s home, you can also ask if there are any extension cords in areas where your family may be walking or playing.


Holidays also mean lots of food, and if it is extra cold, space heaters may be present in home high-traffic areas. A space heater that isn’t blocked off from young children, or even adults, can have the potential to cause serious burns.

Seeking out any potential burn hazards both at home, and when you are visiting, is important first step to prevent burns from happening in the first place. And remember, not everyone is especially careful about ensuring that hot stoves or ovens are inaccessible to children.

Avoiding holiday accidents due to someone else’s negligence can be done if you are aware of what to look for. However, no matter how careful you are, accidents still happen. If you, or a loved one, have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, the LV personal injury attorneys at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith are here to help uphold your rights and help you obtain monetary compensation.

For an initial consultation, we welcome your call to our office at (702) 505-8115.