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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Aviation accidents: Falling luggage from overhead lockers

    Aviation accidents: Falling luggage from overhead lockers

    There are many things you can do that can help you avoid having to claim for travel accident compensation. Whilst the financial recompense for suffering injuries whilst travelling can significantly contribute to your recovery, it is better if the holiday accident never occurred in the first place.

    What sort of injuries whilst travelling could I potentially suffer?

    As well as the potential for injuries and accidents when you reach your destination, there is also the journey itself to contend with. Having negotiated the trip to the airport without any road traffic accidents, the next step is to stay safe on the plane.

    Aside from the obvious, and nightmarish, scenario of a plane crash, there are numerous other threats that, whilst paling in comparison to an air disaster, can cause considerable discomfort and travel injuries. These include:

    –  Falling luggage from overhead lockers

    –  Spilling hot food and drink

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    –  Turbulence

    –  Trips and falls whilst walking down the aisle.

    Whilst the above list is by no means exhaustive, they are the most common causes of accidents on aeroplanes.

    What causes accidents with falling luggage on an aeroplane?

    Given the speeds the aircraft reaches during take-off and flight, not to mention the angle at which it ascends and the occasional bout of turbulence, it’s no surprise that luggage stored in the overhead lockers often moves around during the flight.

    Holiday injuries can be caused when the lockers are opened and the dislodged cases come tumbling out onto the passengers below.

    What are the consequences of falling luggage on an aeroplane?

    The aftermath of this type of aviation accident can be extremely serious and painful. The weight of many cabin bags means they can cause substantial damage. Most cases also have solid sides, handles and wheels, all of which can cause nasty injuries upon impact.

    The risk of serious travelling injury is heightened by the fact that objects often fall directly onto heads.

    How can I avoid a travelling accident with overhead lockers?

    Overhead lockers should be opened slowly at all times. If it feels as though something may fall out, stop moving the door and contact a member of staff for help.

    Accident Advice Helpline can offer professional, expert guidance to anyone looking to make a travel accident claim. They have years of experience in personal injury claims and usually settle out of court.

    Date Published: December 9, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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