By Derek Alker
As we all count down towards the peak holiday months of July and August we may be thinking about school holidays, booking time off work, where to jet off to this year or what to pack in your suitcase. The last thing any of us will want to think about or consider is whether or not we will have to make a holiday accident claim this year. Some newly released accident statistics have given a greater insight into what the British holiday maker faces when taking a break.
Getting time off work can be crucial for relieving stress built up from drawn out periods without taking a holiday. This can create work-related stress which makes you more likely to be involved in a work accident. There were an astonishing 28,605 work injuries reported in 2005/06, of which 160 were fatal accidents according to the Health and Safety Executive under RIDDOR.
Wherever you intend to go this year you will need to use some form of transport to get there. Jetting off to New Zealand requires travel on an airplane. Going on a Caribbean cruise will clearly involve a long stay on a cruise liner. Hopping over the channel to France you will need to take a ferry or go on the Eurostar train. It’s a worrying thought that an estimated 480,664 holiday accident claims occur during travelling and transit before UK holiday makers even reach their destinations.
Even if you decide to holiday locally you should be aware that approximately 270,000 people were involved in road accident injury claims when driving around the UK.
Minor train accidents might not make it onto the news that often but around 5,172 people were victims of train accidents including accidents on rail premises during 2005/06. Despite this, public transport is still one of the safest methods of travel.
Once you have arrived at your holiday destination, the tour operator, or organisation you have booked elements of your holiday with, have a duty to ensure accommodation, travel, excursions or activities are safe and don’t pose any risk of injury to their clients. Remember that even for package holiday accident claims abroad, you may be able to pursue your holiday claim through the English legal system.
When choosing which leisure activities to take part in on your holiday remember the safety & risks involved. Overseas and here in the UK there are lots of different activities available from hiking and climbing to surfing and skiing. Take into account that 1,208,414 leisure accidents were reported in the UK alone (according to the Home Accident Surveillance System and the Leisure Activities report). Make sure the stringent safety measures, set by professional bodies and the government regulators, are implemented and followed by the activity organisers.
Don’t let these figures stop you taking a well deserved holiday as the chances of having an accident on holiday, for which you need to make holiday accident claim through a solicitor, are a thousand to one. You are more likely to come back with a case full of shoddy souvenirs, a lot of duty free goods and a tan.
For more information about holiday accident claims or to pursue a holiday compensation claim contact Alkers holiday accident solicitors on freephone 0800 005 544 or fill out an enquiry form.
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