Protect yourself this resort season – whether it’s a cruise ship accident or skiing-related incident, the owners of these cruise ships or ski lodges, just like any business or premises owner, has an obligation to maintain their location in a reasonably safe condition. When they fail to do so, and that failure results in your injury, you are entitled to compensation.
Vacation getaways are meant to be a good time and a chance for you to relax. Unfortunately, leisure travel sometimes can result in serious injuries. Getting into a car accident in another state or in another country can cut your vacation short and leave you wondering how to handle the situation.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Protection, “1.3 million people are killed and 20–50 million are injured in motor vehicle crashes worldwide. Most (85%) of these casualties occur in low- or middle-income countries, and 25,000 of the deaths are among tourists. Nearly half of medical evacuations back to the United States are the result of a car crash, and a medical evacuation can cost upward of $100,000.”
To protect yourself from injury on vacation, always wear seatbelts and put children in car seats.
If you choose to ride a motorcycle, put on a helmet. Know local traffic laws before you get behind the wheel. Do not drive under the influence. Ride only in marked taxis that have seatbelts. Avoid overcrowded, overweight, or top-heavy buses or vans. Pay attention when crossing the street, especially in countries where people drive on the left.
If you or one of your traveling companions is injured, knowing what to do can give you some peace of mind. Whether you are staying at a hotel or on a cruise, or sightseeing in a foreign city, it is important to know what steps to take to protect your rights.
The first thing to do is to inform someone about the incident. If you are injured in a store, hotel, restaurant, or museum, let the manager-on- know about it. If you are involved in a collision, contact the local authorities and do not flee the scene of the accident. Reporting the incident is an essential first step after any accident. Many companies have their own protocols for handling guest injuries.
It is also important to document the scene. Making note of an accident is more convenient than ever now that we have smartphones. Try to capture pictures of the scene if you can, along with your injuries, and any contributing factors you see. Cleanup typically starts immediately following an accident and can take away crucial evidence.
Seek medical care if necessary. It is best go to a physician after an injury and describe how you were injured. A medical provider will record his or her findings and situational information, giving you a basis if you wish to file a claim later on. Regardless of whether you feel fine after the accident, a medical provider can catch on to injuries that may worsen over the next days or even weeks.
Make sure that you gather all the information you can possibly find. Request the contact information from other drivers, establishment owners, and witnesses who saw what happened during your accident. If you see a physician who is not your primary care provider, keep contact information for both the facility and the physician.
Contact your insurance provider. If you have travel insurance, contact your insurance provider and report the incident and injuries. Avoid discussing fault with your insurer until after the investigation is complete.
Whether you are seriously injured and need to cut your trip short, or you start to notice symptoms emerge after you return home, talking to an experienced lawyer may clarify some information for you. Your attorney can help you comprehend if you have a valid claim, who may be liable, and give you information regarding jurisdictions. Check the credentials of all excursions providers, amusement parks, and touring companies. Read through cruise ship information thoroughly. Do not sign liability waivers without reading through them. Drive on vacation only if you understand the local rules of the road, particularly if you are in a foreign country. Avoid riding in vehicles, watercraft, or amusement park rides if you notice any potential hazards.
Injuries on vacations are not uncommon, and they can impact an injury victim’s quality of life after returning home. When equipment malfunctions and people behave negligently, you should not have to suffer the consequences. You may have the right to pursue legal action against those responsible. Protect your right to file a claim and contact the personal injury attorneys at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA for more information. Whether you are on vacation or you are a local and were hurt elsewhere, we are the ones who can help you explore your legal options after a vacation-related injury.