Dune buggies, or beach buggies, are recreational vehicles typically designed to be ridden in dunes, on beaches or in deserts. Some dune buggy designs are now more suitable for other off-road pursuits, like generic off-road tasks, like SCORE/ CORR indoor track racing, for instance. Other, still more sophisticated examples are even suitable for regular road use.
Dune buggy travel accidents
Consisting essentially of modified vehicles with their engines mounted onto open chassis, beach buggies are modified specifically to increase their power-to-weight ratio. This is usually achieved by increasing the dune buggy power and lightening the weight, or both. While ready-to-build kits are available, many drivers prefer to create their own designs by using bits and pieces of other vehicles. Whichever method is chosen, the result is usually a vehicle that provides an exhilarating driving experience. Unfortunately, the combination of high power and low weight also means these vehicles can be dangerous, and every year, many people are hurt or even killed in holiday accidents related to these vehicles.
Dune buggies and accidents on holiday
A dune buggy can be hired by holidaymakers in most regions where dunes, sandy beaches or deserts can be found. Given brief instructions on how to operate the vehicles, they are then let loose to enjoy the thrill of a beach buggy ride. Sadly, it is all too easy to get carried away and take risks, often leading to buggies crashing into one another, flipping over on landing after daring jumps, and so forth. Occasionally, tourists are injured on holiday because the dune buggy they hired was not particularly well built and mechanical failure resulted in an accident.
Depending on the circumstances, travellers injured in dune buggy accidents may be eligible to claim for compensation. In essence, if the incident leading to the accidental injury was the fault of another driver or the vehicle caused it due to mechanical failure, there is a good chance that the injured party qualifies for personal injury compensation.
Claiming for compensation
If such circumstances led to you being injured by accident within the last 36 months, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or fill in the 30-second test on their website to find out whether you have a chance of making a successful claim. Advisers can be reached 24/7 for confidential, no obligation calls concerning claims. Claiming for injury compensation is made easy and worry-free by their experienced legal professionals and a no-win, no-fee* policy.
Date Published: January 3, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Holiday accident claims