Holidays in the snow can be great; whether you enjoy skiing or snowboarding dry slopes are never the same as real snow. However, like most holidays there are potential risks of travel injuries you need to be aware of. One of these risks is related to the sun and UV damage.
What travel accidents can be caused in the snow?
In the snow you may think that the sun has no impact on you or your skin but you would be wrong. The reason for this is that no matter what temperature, if the sun is out there are still UV rays that can damage your skin and cause a travel accident. Surfaces such as snow reflect the UV rays which can make them stronger and more dangerous to your skin.
As well as this, especially in mountainous areas the air is cleaner and purer which means less of the UV rays are absorbed into the atmosphere making them stronger than they would be if it is was a more built-up area. This means you are more likely to sustain a travel injury in the form of sun damage.
How to avoid a travel accident and be sun smart
It may feel strange putting on sun tan lotion in when going out in the snow but this will protect from the harmful rays and decrease the chance of sustaining a travel injury. Treat your skin as if you were going out on a sunny day. This means to prevent a travel accident wear sleeves, regularly reapply sun tan lotion and wear a hat to protect your scalp from damage.
Also, to ensure you do not sustain any sun damage or a travel injury try to avoid peak times where UV rays are at their highest as this is when you are at most risk. However, if you do have to go out during the peak times try to regularly take a break in the shade to protect your skin and reduce the risk of a travel accident.
Unfortunately, accidents can and do occur whilst on holiday. If you have had a travel accident within the last 3 years you may be able to make a claim.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm that specialises in cases such as travel injury claims to find out more about claiming compensation, on our 24-hour free phone 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice