Russia is a fascinating place which maintains much of the mystique and intrigue that surrounded it before the falling of the Iron Curtain. The last thing you want on your trip here is interruptions courtesy of traveling injuries or holiday accidents rising to potential claims.
An accident on holiday is a surefire way to turn an enjoyable trip into an absolute nightmare. It is eminently sensible, therefore, to do everything in your power to ensure that your adventure into this fascinating Eastern European area is memorable for all the right reasons. Following these sensible tips is a good place to start.
- Don’t drink the tap water. Even local residents avoid consuming straight from the tap as the water flows through pipes that are often as old as the buildings themselves, particularly in St Petersburg. Also, be wary of ice-cubes for your drink – often tap water is used.
- Don’t drink unlabelled vodka. Bootleg interpretations of the national favourite have been responsible for numerous deaths over the years. Only buy from reputable shops.
- Beware of the cars. Impatient motorists have been known to take shortcuts where there seemingly aren’t any. This includes mounting the pavement and it may be decided that the holiday accident was your fault for walking in front of a moving vehicle so be constantly aware.
- Keep your wits about you. This is particularly important on trains, so often the venue of choice for pickpockets and thieves.
- Keep your money hidden. Speaking of pickpockets, flashing the cash is essentially doing half their job for them. Always leave substantial amounts of money securely locked in your hotel room with the rest in an easily accessible (for you, not pick-pocketers) pocket.
- Keep your passport nearby. Whatever goes wrong on your trip, be it an accident while travelling or a misunderstanding with the authorities, having your passport close to hand can often help diffuse and resolve a fraught situation and limits the chance of harassment and unfair fines.
What if I do need to make a potential claim after visiting Russia?
Fortunately, advice and assistance are at hand. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with over 10 years experience in the personal injury claims field. In this time they have helped countless people be awarded the travel accident compensation they deserve and could help you too.
Championed by Esther Rantzen, their advice line is free to phone and there’s no obligation to continue after the initial consultation regarding your potential claims. Should you press ahead, they usually settle out of court.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 5, 2013
Author: David Brown