Outdoor pursuits and adrenaline-pumping activities are very popular among tourists and travellers, but they can also be dangerous. The factors, which make these sports and hobbies exhilarating, such as the environment and speed, also contribute to a high risk of injury and often, the implications of a travel accident, such as falls, are very serious.
Most common types of adventure accidents abroad
Some people travel overseas with the sole purpose of looking for new and exciting activities to get their pulses racing, while others choose to try out different sports during their holiday in response to marketing or watching others enjoying themselves. The reality is that while adventurous pursuits, such as water sports, mountaineering, cycling and off-roading, are great fun, they are also potentially very hazardous. The most common types of adventure accidents people experience when on holiday include:
- road traffic accidents
- cycling accidents
- accidents caused by extreme weather conditions
Mountaineering: Preventing accidents, like falls, overseas
There is no doubt that mountaineering is a dangerous sport. Climbing involves unpredictable terrain, conditions and heights, and relies on people being able to make judgements quickly and accurately, and react swiftly in the event of falls or slips. If you do decide to go mountaineering while abroad, here are some tips to lower your risk of injury:
- wear protective clothing and use the relevant equipment
- ensure that you have the relevant expertise and experience to navigate the route; know your limits
- ensure you have a first aid kit with you and always go climbing with another person so that they can seek help in the event of you suffering an injury
- follow guidelines from local authorities and obey instructions
Can I claim for a travel accident involving falls?
Travel accident compensation is provided for members of the public who have been involved in an accident overseas, which was not their fault. If you’ve been injured abroad and you can prove that you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or visit their website to take the very quick and simple eligibility test.
Accident Advice Helpline is supported by Esther Rantzen, consumer rights supporter, and has established an excellent reputation as a dependable and reliable law firm since it was established in 2000. The firm’s lawyers have experience in road traffic accident claims, work accident compensation and slip, trip or fall claims.
Date Published: January 9, 2014
Author: David Brown