A bachelor or stag weekend is a rite of passage for any man preparing to get married and as time has gone by, the destinations for weekends have become increasingly more exotic. A growing number of stags are passing on a session at the local pub in favour of a weekend away in Europe or further afield.
Common stag injuries abroad
While stag weekends are designed to be fun and entitle the prospective groom to a suitably raucous send-off before married life, they can also be dangerous. Here are five common stag weekend injuries, which may results from travel-related accidents:
- Car crash injuries: Many groups choose to hire cars when they travel abroad and road traffic accidents are among the most common types of bachelor weekend accident. If you are hiring a car abroad, make sure you use a reputable hire firm, stick to the speed limits and take care on windy roads where visibility is poor. Injuries that can result from a car crash abroad range from minor cuts and bruises and life-threatening head and spinal injuries and internal bleeding.
- Jet ski injuries: Jet skiing is a popular pursuit for those travelling to stag destinations, such as Mallorca, Marbella, Ibiza and Benidorm. While jet skis can be fun, they also carry a high risk of danger and injuries can range from broken bones, strains and sprains, to head injuries and even drowning.
- Dehydration and sunstroke: The focus of a stag weekend is often drinking and, in hot climates when you’re likely to be sweating more anyway, drinking alcohol makes dehydration an even greater threat. Signs of dehydration include headaches, weakness and lethargy, feeling faint, dry mouth, heart palpitations and confusion. The best way to avoid dehydration is to drink in moderation, avoid the midday sun and alternate alcoholic drinks with a glass of water.
- Alcohol poisoning: Drinking is part and parcel of most stag weekends, but drinking to excess can turn a fun-filled weekend with the lads into a holiday nightmare. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include seizures, headaches, confusion, vomiting, paleness and a slow, irregular heartbeat.
- Slip, trip and fall injuries: Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of travel accident. The most common types of injury include broken bones, cuts and grazes, sprains and strains. Falls from height, such as balcony accidents, can be very serious, resulting in potentially life-threatening head and spinal injuries.
Claiming compensation for a stag weekend accident
If you’ve been involved in an accident abroad and you were not to blame, you may be considering making a claim for travel accident compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, for expert advice about your holiday accident claim.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice