With its long, sweeping coastlines and warm climate, Australia is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. Although the people are friendly and the landscape is majestic, there is still a risk of being involved in an accident when holidaying in Australia. That’s why we’ve developed this handy guide to help keep you safe.
Australia is home to some of the most deadly creatures on earth. A single bite from a variety of spiders or snakes is enough to cause a fatal reaction to the venom. It is essential that you receive all vaccinations and are aware of any allergies before travelling to Australia. Do not attempt to pose for a photograph with any wildlife that you encounter as this could leave you open to attack.
Road traffic accidents
Although the number of fatal road traffic accidents in Australia has been on the decline over the past few years, each year many tourists are injured or killed when driving on Australia’s roads. It is imperative to take care and drive cautiously as even though Australians drive on the same side of the road as the UK, local traffic laws may be different.
Crime rates are relatively low in Australia. However, that does not mean that a crime cannot happen to you while on your holiday. In the larger cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, pickpocketing has been known to occur. Being pickpocketed while at the other side of the world could turn your trip of a lifetime into a holiday from hell. Ensure that you keep any valuables such as a wallet or phone in an inner jacket of your coat to prevent them from being stolen.
Accident on holiday in Australia?
Remember, even if your accident occurred outside the UK, you could still be entitled to make a claim for compensation provided the accident occurred within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500, for more information on how you could make a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* claim for compensation. The majority of our claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to make a court appearance when making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice