If you’re packing suitcases and getting ready to set off for the airport ready for a long-awaited summer break, travel accidents may be the last thing on your mind. Sadly, accidents often happen when you least expect them and this is why it’s a good idea to plan ahead and bear in mind some simple health and safety tips when you’re travelling overseas.
Quad biking is a very popular holiday activity and while it can be perfectly safe, there are dangers involved. Here are some top tips to help you stay safe and avoid road traffic accidents when renting a quad bike abroad:
- Always wear a helmet: Even if the rental company you use doesn’t stipulate that you must wear a helmet, it’s always a good idea as, if you do have a road accident, wearing a helmet could drastically reduce the severity of your injuries, especially if you fall from height or you collide with another vehicle at speed. In many instances, a helmet can make the difference between life and death.
- Use a reputable hire agency: If you see a deal that looks too good to be true, it probably is; always look out for agencies which look professional and insist on health and safety measures, such as wearing a helmet and providing a detailed safety briefing. If you are not sure which agency to use, ask your tour operator representative for recommendations.
- Watch the safety demonstration carefully: All good hire agencies should provide you with a thorough demonstration of how the vehicle works, so that you understand the controls.
- Always make sure you have travel insurance: Travel insurance is essential for anyone leaving the UK for a leisure or business trip. Insurance helps to cover unexpected expenses, such as lost luggage and travel costs associated with delays and cancellations and, most importantly, it covers the cost of medical treatment, which may be required following a holiday accident. If you are planning to hire a quad bike, make sure you check the details of your insurance policy carefully to see if this activity is covered.
- Pay attention to speed limits: If you’re travelling off-road, it’s unlikely that you’ll come across signs for speed limits, but if you’re on the main roads, make sure you stick to the recommended speed limit and take care around other vehicles.
Can I claim for a quad biking accident abroad?
If you’ve had an accident abroad or you’ve been injured while quad biking, it may be possible to claim travel accident compensation; however, there are strict criteria in place and not everyone who has an accident overseas will be compensated. The success of a travel claim depends on the ability to prove that somebody else’s negligence caused the accident. It is also usually only possible to claim when an accident took place in an area, such as a hotel, which is represented by a UK-based tour operator.
If you would like to find out more about holiday accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice