Figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office revealed that more than 3,700 British tourists were injured in travel accidents from April 2011 to April 2012, but what causes travel accidents abroad, and what can you do to make sure you remember your holiday for all the right reasons?
What are the causes of travel accidents?
The most common types of holiday accidents include road traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls, and accidents in the swimming pool. The most common causes of these accidents include:
- Driver error and inexperience
- Uneven and unsafe flooring
- Unsafe equipment
- Alcohol abuse
Travel illnesses are also very common, with vomiting and diarrhoea the most commonly reported issues; these can be a result of dirty swimming pools, poor hygiene, and inappropriate cooking methods. If you’ve suffered illness while on holiday, and you can prove that you were not to blame, you should seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer from the Accident Advice Helpline.
What types of travel accidents can I claim travel accident compensation for?
If you’ve been injured abroad, or suffered a holiday illness, you may be able to claim compensation. Here are some examples of the kinds of accidents and illnesses that you could claim for:
- Slips, trips and falls in public places
- Swimming pool accidents
- Sports and activity accidents
- Coach or car crashes
- Balcony falls
In order to make a successful claim, you must be able to provide evidence that the accident was not your fault, and the incident must have occurred within the last 3 years. If you have information and evidence to hand, and you want to find out more about travel accident claims, call Accident Advice Helpline. The phone lines are available 24 hours a day, and the website has a wealth of information about compensation and how you could make a claim.
What should I do if I’ve had an accident abroad?
If you’ve been involved in an accident overseas, document all the information and write down exactly what happened while you still have the incident fresh in your mind. Ask anyone who was around at the time for their contact details so that they can provide a witness statement. Seek medical assistance for your injuries and jot down the details of the doctor, the clinic, and the date and time you were seen.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown