Every year, thousands of British people head overseas to enjoy a well-earned holiday, but unfortunately accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. If you’ve had a travel accident or fallen ill during a trip abroad, you may be eligible for travel accident compensation.
What types of accidents are covered by holiday accident claims?
There are many types of accident that can happen when you are abroad, just as there are at home. Types of holiday accident that can be covered by travel accident claims include:
- Transportation accidents: these include bus, train, boat and aeroplane accidents
- Road traffic accidents and motorcycle accidents
- Illnesses, such as food poisoning, and outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as salmonella and E.coli
- Slips, trips and falls
- Sports and activity injuries, such as watersports and skiing accidents and banana boat accidents
What to do if you have an accident
If you have an accident abroad and you are thinking of claiming compensation, gather as much information about the incident as possible and ask any witnesses for their contact details. It is important that you seek medical attention following the incident, as details of the injuries you sustained will be required by legal experts.
Once you have the relevant information, contact Accident Advice Helpline and you will be referred to a legal expert with experience in travel accident claims. You will be asked questions about the incident and then asked to provide evidence to support your case; then you can relax and let the legal team do the hard work for you. Accident Advice Helpline is endorsed by TV consumer rights campaigner Esther Rantzen and is a very reputable firm with plenty of experience.
Preventing accidents abroad
Sometimes it is impossible to avoid accidents, but here are some simple steps to reduce the risk of accidents overseas:
- Take extra care when driving or crossing the road in a foreign country, as drivers in some countries do not pay attention to pedestrian crossings.
- Drink bottled water only and ensure that all the food you eat is cooked through; this is especially important with chicken, seafood and eggs.
- Ensure that you have had all the relevant vaccinations before travelling.
- Take extra care when swimming in the sea and in public pools.
- Always consider paying more for a better vehicle when hiring a car and check for mechanical problems.
- Avoid hiring scooters and motorbikes if you are driving on small, windy roads or dirt tracks, as they are much less stable than cars.
Date Published: September 3, 2013
Author: David Brown