When Personal Injuries Happen While On Vacation
After curtailing our activities over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people were eager to take a vacation this summer. Whether your trip involved traveling to other states or enjoying regional attractions, things may not have gone according to plan. Vacation accidents are a common cause of personal injuries. Our Aiken personal injury attorney explains how you can get the compensation you need to recover.
Common Causes of Personal Injuries That Happen On Vacations
With increased warnings about rising COVID-19 case counts, most of us will once again be curtailing travel but have recent vacation memories to sustain us. According to a Forbes report, roughly one out of every ten Americans made plans to travel over the spring and summer of 2021, a record high since the pandemic.
Unfortunately, the increased number of travelers and worker shortages affecting the tourism and hospitality industries combined to make accidents resulting in personal injuries more likely to happen. Among the most common causes include:
● Car accidents, which tend to increase over the summer months in general
● Other transportation accidents, such as mishaps that occur while taking planes, trains, or buses
● Pedestrian and bicyclist accidents, which are common in tourist destinations
● Slips, trips, and falls, which can occur due to wet, slippery floors, uneven walkways, cluttered aisles, and lack of proper lighting or landscaping
● Getting struck by objects, which can happen due to loosely attached fixtures and other hazards
● Sports and recreational accidents, which are unfortunately common and can happen when engaging in your favorite activities
Seeking Compensation For Vacation Accidents
Being in unfamiliar surroundings can increase the odds of suffering personal injuries. It can also make it more challenging to respond appropriately and to take the steps needed to protect yourself and your rights to compensation.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 40 million people suffer accidental injuries each year. When these happen while you are on vacation, it is important to take the following steps:
● Report the incident immediately to police, property managers, or other authorities
● Make note of exactly when and where it happened and the circumstances involved
● Get the names and contact information for witnesses, if possible
● Seek medical attention right away and follow all of your doctor’s instructions regarding follow-up care
When the negligence of others is responsible, you are entitled to seek compensation through a claim. In many cases, insurance policies they have in place can help cover your losses. If your claim is denied or disputed, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against them.
Get Legal Help Today
When personal injuries happen while on vacation, the Surasky Law Firm helps you get the compensation you need to recover. We negotiate with those at fault and any insurance representatives involved to get you the maximum amount in any settlements and can guide you in filing a personal injury lawsuit if needed. To request a consultation, contact our Aiken personal injury attorney today.