We all remember how exciting school trips were – and chances are your kids love any excuse to get out of the classroom and go off on an adventure on a school day. Few of us stop to think about the dangers of school trips though; and they do exist. Here we have a few of the top dangers of school trips to share with you; they may make you think twice before you sign that permission slip.
How safe is your child’s school trip?
- Road traffic accidents. Whether travelling on a bus, minibus or another type of vehicle, your child could be injured if a collision occurs. This could be caused by a negligent driver – either of their bus or another vehicle – or even mechanical failure.
- Injuries from taking part in activities. Activities such as archery, swimming or rock climbing can be great fun on a school trip, but it’s important that a responsible adult supervises children and that they get the instruction needed to take part in activities safely. If this doesn’t happen, it could result in injuries.
- Injured by animals. Visiting a zoo or farm is an opportunity for kids to learn more about our animal friends, but if they’re getting up close and personal with animals, there’s always the risk of being bitten, kicked or attacked. Close supervision is important, and if your kids haven’t been supervised properly on their school trip, you could make a personal injury claim if they’re injured.
- Fatalities or injuries caused in or near water. If taking part in activities such as swimming, rafting or kayaking, children need to be properly supervised, given training and provided with safety equipment, such as life jackets. It’s important that schools carry out risk assessments before children take part in these types of activities
- Slip, trip or fall. These types of accidents can occur in a variety of different situations, from tripping when getting on and off the school bus to falling from height whilst zooming down a zip line.
How seriously has your child been injured?
The dangers of school trips shouldn’t be underestimated, and whether your child has suffered minor or serious injuries, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience helping people claim for school trip accidents, and you can call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500. Our team of advisors are on hand to offer confidential, no-obligation advice and you can make a 100% no win, no fee claim.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton