The severity of an accident on holiday is usually, in some way, determined by your location. A slip or fall down some ruins in Rome, for example, is an entirely different kettle of fish to a bungee mishap in New Zealand. It is also true that, no matter how careful and conscientious you are, injuries on holiday and whilst travelling can still happen.
What type of holiday might lead to claims for travel accident compensation?
Sometimes, there is simply nothing you can do to avoid an accident or injury on holiday. Any time your safety is dependent on others, as well as yourself, you are at risk. A classic example of this would be a Kenyan safari, where the threats to safety come in all shapes and sizes. Any exploration of the African animal kingdom should begin with a look at the big five. They are:
- Cape Buffalo
The big five does not, in fact, refer to the size of these animals. The name was given to them by game hunters because of their difficulty to catch. Perhaps surprisingly, it is the Cape Buffalo which probably commands the most attention. This is because, unlike the others, instead of fleeing when disturbed, it tends to turn and fight.
Most animals in safari parks are accustomed to the shapes and sounds of the jeeps, meaning you can observe them without fear of attack, providing you follow a few simple safety tips. It’s important not to break the shape of the jeep by leaning out for photographs or sticking arms or legs out, especially around the lions and leopards. New and unusual sights and smiles may well stir the hunting instincts within.
The key to avoiding holiday injuries around rhinos and elephants is, quite simply, stay out of the way especially in a stampede. Adults are also extremely protective of their young so be wary of where you position yourself. Another animal worth a mention is the hippo. Though their yawns may look playful and comical, they are actually a sign of aggression and a signal that trouble is coming.
A Kenyan safari makes for an unforgettable holiday; you just want to make sure you remember it for all the right reasons. Should you suffer an accident abroad, our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can establish whether you may be due travel accident compensation.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown