When heading out on a trip of a lifetime, the last thing on your mind is the expectation that you will need to claim travel accident compensation on your return.
Unfortunately, accidents abroad do occur, with the Lamma ferry collision of 2012 proving that even the holiday of your lifetime can quickly transform into your very worst nightmare.
Lamma Island ferry collision
On 1 October 2012 at 20:23hrs, two ferries, one passenger ferry known as Sea Smooth and a Hong Kong Electric Company owned vessel known as Lamma IV, collided into Yung Shue Wan of Lamma Island in Hong Kong.
As the tragedy occurred on National Day of the People’s Republic of China, many British Citizens were on board, venturing out to view the commemorative firework display. Sadly, 39 people were killed and 92 were injured.
The Lamma Island ferry disaster instantly became the deadliest nautical catastrophe since 1971 in Hong Kong.
After investigations, it was concluded that the cause of the fatal accident was speeding and overloading.
Both captains were prosecuted and faced jail sentences. The captain of the Sea Smooth was charged of 39 counts of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years. The Lamma IV captain was found guilty of endangering his passengers, and others, at sea. He was sentenced to nine months imprisonment.
Claiming for holiday-related accidents and injuries
If you have been involved in an accident abroad through no fault of your own, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, could be able to help you claim the travel accident compensation you deserve.
When you book your holiday through a UK travel company, they have a duty of care to ensure your travel, accommodation and any recommended excursions meet standard health and safety requirements.
When you sustain an injury or illness abroad due to issues with factors such as these, you may have an eligible case to claim travel compensation against your holiday company.
Accident Advice Helpline
With years of specialist experience and a nationwide team of experts, you can be sure that your case is in good hands at Accident Advice Helpline.
Working on a no-win, no-fee* basis, Accident Advice Helpline will assess the individual circumstances surrounding your holiday-related illness/injury and advise you on whether or not your travel accident claim is worth pursuing.
Take the first steps today – call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, for a free initial consultation.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice