Thousands of Brits head abroad every year to enjoy adrenalin-pumping snow sports, but what are the risks and how can you help to prevent travel accidents on your next ski trip?
Common types of snow sport accident
Snow sports are synonymous with speed and style, but they can be dangerous. The most common types of snow sport accident include:
- falls while skiing or snowboarding
- landing awkwardly following a jump
- falls from a ski lift
Injuries sustained while participating in snow sports vary wildly, from minor cuts to severe, life-threatening injuries; the most common examples include:
- fractures and dislocations
- head injuries
- spinal injuries
- sprains and strains
How to prevent snow sport accidents
If you’re eager to hit the snow-covered slopes without fears of injury, here are some tips to avoid accidents abroad:
- wear protective clothing, including gloves, a mask and heavy-duty clothing
- wear a helmet
- check the condition of your equipment
- stick to the routes, which are suited to your level of ability
- take extra care when going off-piste
- follow the instructions carefully when using a ski lift
- build up gradually; resist the urge to go tearing down a tough slope on day one
- know your limits
Can I claim compensation for an accident?
If you’ve been involved in an accident overseas through no fault of your own and you have the relevant evidence to back up a travel accident claim, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation for your travel injury. If the ski accident happened within the last three years, you sought medical advice at the time and you have eyewitness and medical statements and other information, such as photographs, to support your claim, call Accident Advice Helpline now or take the simple 30-second eligibility test online. You can also seek expert advice by calling our 24-hour helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 and has since built a reputation based on results and reliability. Our firm employs an expert team of experienced personal injury lawyers and handles a wide range of claims, including overseas accident claims, road traffic accident compensation, public liability claims and work accident compensation. Endorsed by TV consumer rights champion, Dame Esther Rantzen, clients can rest assured that they are in safe hands with us.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice