The Isle of Wight is a small island located just off the south coast of England. It may be small but holds big events such as the Isle of Wight festival and Bestival each year. The only way to get there is by ferry and there are a variety of routes including Lymington, Portsmouth and Southampton. However, travelling on ferries, like any transport, carries its own risks. One of the most common accident claims on a ferry are slips, trips and falls.
How are slips, trips and falls caused on the ferry?
There are multiple reasons depending on where you are on the ferry. If you are on the top open deck sometimes this area can be wet if the waves have been particularly strong, which can cause a particularly painful slip injury.
If you are inside there are still several potential trip hazards from bags left in the aisles to pushchairs abandoned near the door. As well as this, when the sea is particularly choppy the ferry can move about which can cause you to sustain a trip injury if you aren’t careful whilst walking around the ferry.
How to avoid a slip, trip or fall injury
The most important thing to remember in order to avoid having a slip, trip or fall on the ferry to the Isle of Wight is to always be aware of your surroundings and make sure you look where you walk. This may seem obvious but by being aware it could mean you see that suitcase laying on the floor or that toddler crawling about.
Also, if the ferry journey is quite rocky, avoid moving around whilst it is like this and only do so when you have to in order to avoid sustaining a fall injury. Most importantly, avoid carrying hot food or drinks whilst the ferry is rocking as you don’t want to add burns to your trip injury claim.
Accidents can and do happen on ferries but there are certain things you can do to help yourself. However, if you have had a slip, trip or fall on the ferry or anywhere else within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on our 24-hour Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to find out more about making a slip, trip or fall injury claim.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice