You would be forgiven for thinking that all beaches are equally safe, however, there is truth in the statement that some beaches safer than others. While slips, trips and falls can occur whichever beach you head to, more severe issues can cause myriad beach accidents of varying severity.
Knowing that some beaches safer than others is integral to minimising seaside injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Look out for the signs that suggest which shores to avoid.
The low-down: are some beaches safer?
Generally speaking, you should refrain from swimming on beaches where there is no lifeguard present. Hazards such as rip currents can cause ill-prepared swimmers to be dragged out to sea, causing beach accidents and fatalities. With a lifeguard present, the risks associated with such incidents are minimised.
A horizontally-striped yellow and red flag indicates that a lifeguard patrols the beach. These shorelines are typically considered safe areas for swimming.
Other flags, however, indicate problematic areas. Black and white chequered flags indicate an area reserved for water sports. You should refrain from swimming and bodyboarding in these areas. Likewise, waters marked with a flying orange sock are susceptible to high winds. You should not use inflatables in these areas.
Red flags warn that waters are unsafe. You should not swim in waters that are marked with a red flag.
Claiming compensation for accidents at the beach
If you have followed health and safety guidelines, and suffered an accident at the beach through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim compensation.
Maybe you fell on poorly maintained flooring on the seafront, or suffered an accident a little more severe. No matter the nature of your seaside accident, through our free initial consultation service, Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine where liability may lie and your eligibility to claim.
Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 15 years’ experience assisting victims of personal injury with recovering the compensation they deserve for the harm and distress they have been made to endure.
From slips and falls in public to industrial injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline have a specialist legal team on hand to ensure your case is handled by the most suited solicitor.
For more information, and to receive your free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today via freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice