Holidays 2019: The biggest holiday travel hazard revealed
Holiday dangers will likely be at the back of travellers’ minds when arriving at their dream vacation. Whipped up in the excitement of exploring a new country, or the process of unpacking ready for the beach, vacation hazards might be overlooked. Yet top personal injury solicitors have spoken exclusively to Express.co.uk about the sheer amount of potential accidents that could occur. While slips, trips and road traffic incidents might be the most common, they have highlighted the “riskier” activities which Britons should take caution with are water based.
Tony Hannington, Partner at Lime Solicitors, told Express.co.uk: “There are riskier holiday activities that do come up.
“These usually involve water, height like jumping and diving and those wanting to participate in these activities on holiday will need a travel insurance policy that specifically covers these types of sports.
“There have been a number of instances of people diving into swimming pools or lakes or other bodies of water, resulting in the most significant and life-changing injuries.”
He added: “People’s inhibitions sometimes get lowered whilst they are away on holiday with more exciting and possibly dangerous or at least risky passtimes being undertaken, and sometimes accidents can happen when people have been out and let their hair down a bit more than usual.
“There is no particular magic with regards to trying to stay safe – when undertaking extreme sports, certain water sports or even the adventurous excursions, you should always check the credentials of the supplier.
“Whilst rarely the cheapest activities arranged by the hotel or travel operator are more likely to have the higher levels of safety precautions, it also helps with potential recovery of damages if things do go awry.”
Meanwhile, should a traveller become injured while abroad, there are a variety of insurance back ups and support they can draw upon.
Kathryn Hart, Partner at Lime Solicitors shone the spotlight on travellers and advised: “Make sure that you report it to the tour operator and to the hotel staff.
“Insist that you get a copy of the report, and if you have medical treatment, make sure you have a copy of those records too.
“If there are any witnesses then ask them for their names and contact details – so often, an accident has been witnessed by many people, but after you get home, you have no way of knowing who they were.
Holidays 2019: experts have advised holidaymakers to take extra care and check safety regulations
Holidays 2019: Lawyers have advised holidaymakers of what to do should they suffer an injury abroad
“Photographs of defective flooring or broken furniture which caused the accident can be very useful once you are home in the UK.
“Keep any receipts for expenses you incur as a consequence of the accident.
“Seek legal help as soon as possible on your return as some accidents abroad have very short time limits to make a claim.”
Meanwhile, the most dangerous travel destination as a whole has been revealed.
Topping the list of Wegoplace’s riskiest solo holiday destinations is Venezuela.
The state recorded a score of 44 on the law and order index, with the lowest number of the population reporting to feel safe there.
The South American country is subject to a list of travel warnings from the UK Government, which ties in with the findings.