Hiking across unknown terrain can hold an array of potential risks to hikers’ personal safety. Dangers of hiking in other countries may include:
- Diarrhoea (particularly common during long distance hikes in the USA)
- Rashes caused by noxious plants including stinging nettles and poison ivy, oak or sumac
- Getting lost
- Getting surprised by inclement weather conditions (including lightning strikes)
- Exacerbation of existing medical conditions
- Animal attacks (including insect bites/stings or snake bites)
- Injuries by slips, trips and falls
Deep, fast-flowing rivers and deep cracks (crevasses) in ice when crossing glaciers also present a real risk of personal injuries. In some countries, hikers may even be exposed to the risk of being attacked by other humans for some reason or another. When hiking in border areas, hikers also may inadvertently cross poorly marked border areas and subsequently run the risk of being arrested.
In order to prevent accidental injuries by slipping, tripping or falling; animal related incidents, and so on, hikers should always ensure they obtain all the necessary information concerning the area they are about to hike in. This includes detailed information on the terrain; weather conditions (current and expected; how to avoid attacks by wildlife or humans, and so on. Wearing or at least carrying suitable clothing, footwear and equipment for all eventualities, as well as ensuring you have emergency food, drink and medical supplies and some way of reaching help if necessary are equally of utmost importance. In some areas and depending on your hiking experience, it may be best to go on guided hikes, rather than taking the risk of going off on your own.
When hikes turn bad
Should you be injured by a slip, trip or fall; suffer food poisoning or have any other hiking accident through no fault on your part, it is possible that you could have the right to claim for compensation. Find out if you have a claim by contacting Accident Advice Helpline either by calling our free phone number on 0800 689 0500 or by visiting our website and filling in the 30-second test. Once you have established eligibility to claim, you can then ask for our in-house lawyers to assist you in conducting your personal injury claim. With years of experience in handling no win no fee* public liability and travel accident claims, our lawyers have an excellent track record in successfully completing claims, so give us a call now.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice