There's a proverb that says, "No matter what, travel gives you a story to tell." Unfortunately, for some travelers, their stories end in tragedy.
It's sad but true: Vacation accidents happen, and thousands of tourists are injured—sometimes fatally—while enjoying their time off from work and worry.
If you're traveling abroad, it's always prudent to ensure you have all the proper vaccinations. That said, you may be surprised to learn that, statistically, tourists are far more likely to be injured on vacation than sickened.
Driving to the beach? The Outer Banks is a popular vacation destination for many Pennsylvania residents, which can mean eight to 12 hours on the road.
Statistically, a car accident is the number-one cause of death among healthy travelers. In fact, almost 50 percent of all medical evacuations back to the United States—which can cost as much as $100,000—are the result of car crashes.
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that, worldwide, as many as 25,000 tourists are killed in vehicles accidents and scores more are injured in them.
Why is the percentage so high? Part of it has to do with location, with crash factors that could include:
The other risk factors deal with behavior, and include:
Car accidents may be the number-one cause of death among healthy travelers, but unfortunately, they aren't the only way tourists can be hurt or killed while on vacation.
Travelers are also at risk of everything from violent crime to slip-and-fall accidents. Fortunately, a little forethought and preplanning can help prevent these types of injuries.
You already know that you should always wear your seatbelt, and secure your children in appropriate car seats. We doubt we have to tell you—vacation or not—that drinking and driving is a poor idea, and we've long warned you against the dangers of distracted driving.
The question remains: What do you do immediately after you've been hurt in a vacation accident?
People meticulously plan every aspect of their vacation, finalizing details on everything from their route to their wardrobe.
Please consider also preparing for the worst-case scenario: You or a loved one suffering an accident while away.
The attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates have been representing—and advocating for—injured people for more than three decades, and we can't stress enough that, following an accident, time is of the essence.
This is especially true if you are out of town and out of your element. Witnesses to your accident can disappear and evidence can be lost or washed away unless documented immediately.
Before you pack or plan anything, make sure you understand what to do if that worst-case scenario becomes your reality on vacation: