Ferries are the mode of transport for those going to an island destination for a relaxing break, and a necessity for those who live in remote places. While travelling by boat at any time poses risks, passengers need to take extra precautions when catching a ferry. If you do get injured on a ferry and it isn’t your fault, you can claim for your injury while travelling.
Make sure you plan your journey
Lack of preparation is definitely something all travellers would like to avoid. Not only are you stressed, but your driving skills could also be affected. Some people may drive too fast in order to catch a ferry they are late for. Please leave in plenty of time and plan your journey in order to prevent a road traffic accident.
You should never travel by boat when the weather prevents you from safely arriving to your destination. Ferryboats run the risk of flooding and even capsizing in choppy water. If you’ve been injured on a ferry and it isn’t your fault, you can claim compensation for your travel injury.
Other drivers and passengers
Other people aboard the ferry may not be as cautious as you when it comes to health and safety. For example, someone may forget to put their parking brake on while their vehicle is aboard the ferry. This could result in serious harm to yourself and fellow passengers. Though you can’t avoid something like this happening, you could still make a claim for travel accident compensation.
Slips, trips and falls
The decks on a boat get wet, whether it is from rain or waves. It is a good idea to avoid slippery surfaces on a ferry, as you could risk have a slip, trip and fall accident. Sometimes injuries like these happen, but if you’re not at fault, you can claim compensation.
Whether or not you have a vehicle while you’re aboard a ferry, you need to take care around other cars and heavy machinery. Drivers may not be able to see or react in time to avoid you. If something like this happens and it isn’t your fault, you can make a travel injury claim.
Accident Advice Helpline wishes you a safe journey by ferry, wherever your destination may be. If anything happens, please remember that we are here for you 24/7 to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown