With the holiday season upon us many British travellers will be opting for a more action-orientated trip. When you’re making your plans, keeping in mind these simple reminders can make all the difference between an enjoyable holiday and a trip you’d sooner forget.
As holiday injury lawyers we regularly see the consequences of accidents abroad. Whereas nobody goes away planning for an accident, you can make sure that you are prepared for all possibilities.
The once popular pastime of bar crawls are on their way out, with six out of 10 men preferring more action-packed breaks. Surfing, rock climbing, jet skiing, bike trips, fishing, diving, canoeing and triathlons are just some of the latest favourite holiday activities, according to a poll by fashion retailer Jacamo.
Remember Your Travel Insurance
Whether it’s a trip with the lads or the lasses or you’re just looking to do something a bit different this year, your first priority should be travel insurance. Packages come in all sizes and many people are unaware that options are available that specifically cover the activities they’re planning for their trip abroad. It’s important you choose the right policy to suit your needs as the wrong travel insurance could leave you stranded in the event of an accident.
When booking any activities or excursions we would always recommend that you do so as part of a package via a reputable travel agent.
When booking any activities or excursions we would always recommend that you do so as part of a package via a reputable travel agent. Many local guides or businesses are often ready and waiting for your custom when you get there and this may seem like the easier option. However, by booking any activities with a travel agent at home before you set sail this will make defendant insurers easier to trace in the event the unimaginable should happen. Being in business with a reputable high street travel agent will also mean the guide in question will have established themselves with a standard of quality, involving the qualities you would want from such a guide, like adequate training and safety precautions.
Driving Abroad? Here’s What You Need to Know
If you’re renting a car or planning on driving abroad it’s wise to brush up on local laws of the road.
We recently commissioned a survey of 1,800 drivers who had driven abroad, revealing the extent to which Brits are risking their lives and licence when on holiday. The results were surprising, with only one in five travellers bothering to look up the differences in laws before getting behind the wheel overseas.
Our 60 second video highlights the top 10 overseas driving laws you didn’t know you were breaking:
Can You Bring a Claim Back Home?
Holidaymakers and travellers involved in an accident overseas are often unaware that they can make a claim once they are back home in the UK, but they can. For more information on this, see our previous blog, Can I Claim for an Overseas Road Accident in the UK.
If you are injured in a car accident abroad and would like free legal advice on claiming personal injury compensation, Slater and Gordon offer a free consultation on freephone 0800 916 9046 or on +44 20 7657 155 if you are calling from outside the UK. Alternatively contact us online and let us know when and where to call you.
Jaime Padron is a travel litigation lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.