How to Avoid an Accident on Holiday Travel
If you’ve booked a holiday this summer, the last thing on your mind will be accident and injury. No one expects the worst to happen, but even the most diligent holiday-goers can experience problems whilst they’re meant to be enjoying themselves.
According to a survey by First4Lawyers, 42% of people admitted to experiencing injury whilst on holiday, both abroad and in the UK. The places and circumstances in which you may be injured can be wide and varied so if you’re hoping to avoid injury on your next holiday, beware of the following places!
Many of those interviewed had experienced injury whilst camping which is really no surprise. Insect bites and minor burns are just the beginning of things, whilst many more serious injuries are also possible. Avoid building fires and cooking if you’ve had a bit to drink, and make sure you have plenty of camp side lighting equipment to avoid falls.
Nearly two billion people use commercial airlines every year, so it should be no surprise that lots of injury can occur here. Turbulence, tripping, food poisoning and anxiety attacks are just a few examples of what can happen whilst traveling in the air.
You may be surprised how common supermarket injuries are whilst on holiday, but given the relaxed attitude of many holidaymakers, it’s not all that strange. Trips and falls are the main contributors to injury here, with flip flops and wet shoes holding some responsibility.
Stairways, balconies, parking lots and bathtubs are the main perpetrators of hotel injury, with most of these places providing insufficient safety guards against trips and falls. In rarer circumstances, food poisoning and other guests can also provide a form of injury should you get unlucky.
Sightseeing is one of the activities where you are most likely to be injured; with nearly 20% of those surveyed admitting an injury during this time. It’s a pretty broad activity so the range of different injuries can be incredibly varied, with anything from a fall to food poisoning to dehydration.
Ensure that you are paying attention at all times when sightseeing – roads can be dangerous and crowds can get a little hairy!