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    Survivor guide: Dover to Calais ferry crossing


    A ferry crossing from Dover to Calais can be the perfect way to start a holiday. On the other hand, if you are unprepared or experience an accident whilst travelling, it can quickly turn into a nightmare.

    What are the potential causes for a travel accident compensation claim on a ferry crossing?

    Whilst the image of a ferry serenely negotiating the Channel tells a different story, there are actually numerous threats to personal safety on board. The main offenders are:

    • Traffic accidents: if you are travelling by car, successfully taking your place in the car park takes no little skill. It’’s a test of spatial awareness, concentration and driving ability in an environment where a road traffic accident can easily be caused if you allow your mind to wander for a second.
    • Travel illnesses: Sea sickness is a common affliction for those travelling by ferry. Having some motion sickness tablets to hand is especially advisable for first time travellers. However, particularly choppy waters can also cause problems for those with experienced sea legs.
    • Falling/moving objects: Seriously adverse weather conditions can cause disruption and even destruction inside the ferry. Objects dislodged by high winds and big waves can cause serious personal injuries.
    • Slips, trips and falls: From wet and slippery decks to choppy waters causing the boat to rock, suffering a fall on a ferry is an all-too-common occurrence.

    How can I guard against accidents on a ferry?

    Aside from taking care when driving and making sure you have medicinal supplies, there are a number of other things you can do to keep safe as the ferry heads for Calais. These include:

    • Paying full attention to the safety instructions and listening to the advice of the crew.
    • Staying inside in poor weather conditions.
    • Having plentiful supplies of food, water and books or games to entertain yourself.

    What is my personal injury claim eligibility after an accident on a ferry?

    The management team have a responsibility towards the safety of members of the public when onboard a ferry. This means any potential dangers should be dealt with as soon as possible and clear warning signs are displayed.

    If you suffer an accident due to negligence, you may have a claim for public accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with over 15 year’s’ experience in injury claims and our legal team works on a no-win, no-fee basis.

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    Date Published: March 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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