Vacations are the ultimate escape from a tough routine. You can spend some quality time with your family, enjoy a sunny beach, a snowy mountain, or anything in between. You can also try new experiences like snorkeling, jet skiing, snowboarding, or whatever you feel fancy about. There are so many attractive places to see during your visit to Virginia.
However, accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. The last thing we want to think of is being caught up in an accident and getting badly injured while we’re out of state or country. Yet, tourists, unfortunately, suffer from injuries during times that are meant to comfort them and alleviate stress. In this article, we have discussed the types of accidents that occur during vacations and injuries caused by these terrible accidents.
Also remember, in case you do face compensable injuries, contact a personal injury attorney to file your claim for reimbursement of your medical expenses and other losses.
What Types Of Accidents Occur On Vacations?
Most of the following mentioned accidents are misfortunes that occur because of absolute negligence or deliberate actions of one or more parties. And they can result in catastrophic injuries necessitating the services of a personal injury lawyer for compensation.
These accidents include:
- Car or truck accidents while on the road
- RV or motorhome accidents
- Bus or hotel accidents
- Swimming pool or hot tub accidents
- Boating accidents
- Theme park
- Water park accidents
- Accidents due to negligent security at your place of lodging
- ATV accidents
- Bungee jumping accidents
- Climbing accidents
- Hiking and trekking accidents
- Horseback riding accidents
Steps To Take If You Get Injured on a Vacation
Here is a guide to follow if you are involved in any out-of-state accidents:
- Call for help
- If you were in a car or truck accident, gather the insurance information of the other driver
- Carefully listen to the police officers or the EMTs who arrive at the scene
- Be sure to follow all of the instructions
- Even if you don’t need it, seek immediate medical attention; don’t delay it till you go back home after the vacation
- Collect all medical records from your visit
- In case of car accidents, convey all the information to your insurance company
- If you are admitted to a hospital, wait until you recover and are allowed to travel back home
- Once home, follow the doctor’s guidelines for better recovery and follow up
- Be sure to consult with your family doctor and discuss your medical documentation from the accident
Possible Injuries To Look Out For On A Vacation To Virginia
Accidents are the last thing that come to mind when we are on a vacation. Vacations are comforting and refreshing but when someone fails to uphold their duty of care (by not taking reasonable precautions), compromising the safe condition of a place, things can take a turn for the worse.
Here are the most frequent injuries that may occur on a vacation to Virginia:
Slips, Trips, & Falls
An unaccustomed environment or a slippery poolside can enhance the chances of a bad fall. Try not to be distracted from your path while enjoying the amazing scenery. Don’t walk along while using a camera or a phone.
Most trips and slips in hotels are caused by bumpy carpets, poorly-maintained floors, or wet surfaces. The property owner must ensure the protection of their visitors by properly maintaining the security and safety of the hotel. If you slipped and got injured because of negligent upkeep of the property, you can take action.
Slip and fall accidents cause almost 15 percent of all accidental deaths in the United States. It’s quite obvious that such accidents can be particularly severe whether they happen in routine or while on vacation.
Of course, while on vacation people are more attracted towards recreational activities i.e. paragliding, biking, snowboarding, or boating. It’s the responsibility of tour operators and amusement park owners to keep their equipment well maintained and hire qualified staff.
If companies are careless, you can get hurt badly. Falls, explosions, or electrocution can cause severe and fatal injuries.
The level of injuries people may endure varies and the suffering may include broken bones, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord contusions, and even death.
Property owners, particularly business or hotel owners should provide sensibly safe assets to their customers. The property owner should be completely aware of security risks and take proper steps to ensure your protection.
Unfortunately, tourists are most targeted by thieves and burglars.
Many hotel injuries happen each year because owners are negligent about their duties:
- Unsecured carpeting
- Poorly fastened handrails
- Infestation of bedbugs
- Falling objects, including materials from the roof
- Electrocution from bad wiring
From assaults to broken bones from slips and falls, hotel injuries can occur at any time.
Hotel staff and owners are required to create safe grounds for their guests, so they can enjoy their vacation, and failing to do so can have serious consequences.
Road accidents can occur any time, but during the summer months, there are more people on the road during the day and at night. The overall traffic density is thus increased, elevating the risks of road accidents. Road accidents can be fatal or at least cause severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, or concussions.
As a victim of an auto accident, you have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Every year in the United States, more than 3,000 drowning incidents are reported, making it the fifth most preeminent cause of accidental death in the country. These stats increase during holidays, as people on vacation are attracted to pools and especially Virginia Beach.
Accidental drowning is a distressing event, and the poor maintenance and security of pools by property owners often play into the equation.
People on vacation take more interest in sports and trips i.e. white water rafting, jet skiing, golf, scuba diving, and many more.
Street-legal golf carts and similar vehicles are prevalent during holidays; impaired or unfocused drivers can cause serious injury by wrecking a golf cart. These injuries can be quite severe. The driver has a responsibility of ensuring the safety and protection of the passengers.
Boating out on the water or enjoying private watercraft like jet skis on the rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways of Virginia is thought to be a fun and exciting adventure. But like many other activities mentioned so far, this too can also be tremendously dangerous.
Irresponsible and negligent actions of a boat operator or a private watercraft operator can lead to such accidents.
Bottom Line: Call The VACAIL Law Firm For Legal Representation
Virginia has numerous spots to visit to enjoy yourself and spend quality time with your family. But the vacation season is also when accidents and injuries peak. If you or your loved ones are ever injured on vacation, our legal specialists at the VACAIL law firm can offer you all the help you need. Call us today for more information and to get started with legal action!