Online dating is an increasingly popular way to meet new people and seek out potential partners, but what are the risks and how can you prevent dangerous situations and accidents in public places, such as slips, trips and falls, when you meet a person you have been chatting to online or on the telephone?
Five tips to remember when meeting somebody in person
If you have developed a relationship with somebody you met online and you are preparing to meet them in person, here are 5 tips to help you stay safe:
- Always choose a public place to meet: Even if you feel like you’ve known somebody for years, there are potential risks involved with meeting up with somebody you’ve been talking to online, so always choose a public place and a busy time of day, when there will be lots of people around.
- Tell somebody where you are going at what time: Make sure a friend or relative knows where and when you are heading to meet your date.
- Take your mobile phone with you: It’s always a good idea to have your phone with you when you are meeting up with a new person, so that you can contact them if you can’t find them and also, so that you can get in touch with a friend or family member if you need assistance in any way, the date doesn’t work out as planned or you feel threatened. Most people go on dates without any issues at all, but if you feel like your safety is at risk at any time, don’t hesitate to call the police and ask people around you for assistance.
- Wear suitable clothing: The last thing you want when you’re excitedly planning a date is to end up in A and E nursing slip and trip injuries before you’ve even reached your destination, so wear suitable footwear and avoid rushing.
- Arrange lifts to and from the venue: Travelling alone can be dangerous, especially at night, so arrange a lift from a friend or book a taxi to take you to and from your destination. Always make sure you use licensed taxis; unlicensed taxis are illegal and unsafe and they carry a greater risk of road traffic accidents.
Can I make a claim for an accident in a public place?
If you’ve slipped in a bar or been injured in a public place, such as a restaurant, you may have a case for personal injury compensation. Gather evidence, such as eye witness contact details and photographs and report the incident to the management before contacting Accident Advice Helpline for further information and advice about claming public liability compensation. If you’re unsure, give us a call on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisors
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice