New York City, known as the Big Apple, is one of the world’s most iconic cities and a major tourist destination. If you’re planning a cultural break, a romantic holiday or a family trip, here are some tips to help you stay safe in the city and prevent travel accidents.
Five safety tips for holidaying in New York City
- Take care when crossing the road: The traffic in New York is notoriously heavy, so take extra care when you cross the road and always make use of pedestrian crossings to reduce the risk of road traffic accidents. Wait for the signal to go, rather than following the masses across the road and watch out for cyclists and motorbikes, which tend to swerve in and out of traffic jams.
- Take taxis at night: Rates of crime are falling in New York, but if you’re planning on staying out late to go to dinner, the theatre or sample the vibrant nightlife, it’s best to get a cab home. You can hail taxis almost anywhere in New York.
- Don’t draw attention to yourself: Pickpockets are fairly commonplace in New York, so try not to highlight your tourist status and draw attention to yourself. Avoid looking at maps in busy tourist areas or wearing a camera around your neck and be wary of your belongings; don’t leave wallets or phones in pockets and try to use a zipped bag to store your possessions.
- Stick to the main streets: If you’re not familiar with New York, try to stay in the main areas where the streets are busy and well lit. If you find yourself in unfamiliar territory or you get lost, jumping in a cab is the easiest and safest way to get home.
- Take care with street food: New York is home to some of the most amazing street food sellers in the world, but the risk of food poisoning is often higher than in cafés and restaurants. Ensure that any meat you order is cooked through and served piping hot.
Can I claim for an accident in New York City?
If you’ve slipped in a public place on holiday, you’ve developed food poisoning abroad or you’ve been injured in a road accident overseas and you were not to blame, you may be eligible for travel accident compensation.
Record all the details of the travel incident, seek medical assistance and report the accident or illness to the relevant authority. Contact Accident Advice Helpline via our Freephone number, 0800 689 0500; our experienced lawyers will provide expert advice to help you with your personal injury claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice