Traveling is a chance to take a break from your routine and dip your toes into an adventure. While it provides the opportunity to try new experiences and meet people, many travelers don’t plan for what to do if an injury occurs. If you want to come back from your vacation with great stories that don’t include an ER visit, follow our tips on how to prepare for the unexpected and what to do if it happens.
The best accident defense starts with prevention. Notify family member, friend, or trusted neighbor of your travel plans so they know where you’re going and for how long. Share your location on your smartphone if possible. Collect contact information for your transportation, lodging, and excursion staff in case you need to get in touch with them. Carry emergency numbers in your phone.
Reduce the risk of an injury by putting safety first. Read reviews for the excursions you’re booking and make sure you understand the liability waivers before you sign them. If you plan on choosing adventurous activities like rock climbing, boating, or other potentially dangerous pursuits, don’t put your safety in the backseat.
If you do get into an accident or become injured at a hotel or on an excursion, report the incident right away. Most companies follow a certain protocol for handling guest injuries. Document details of the incident as evidence for your insurance company. Knowing when and how to seek help is crucial in an emergency, such as a serious illness or car accident, to ensure it is handled professionally. Learning a few simple phrases in the local language is also helpful when you’re in another country.
Wherever you choose to spend your vacation, make sure to take precautions in order to avoid spending the trip in a hospital room. Accidents happen, but it’s important to know proper procedures just in case. Read our guide for more on what to do if you are injured while traveling.
Provided by Nolan Law Group a Chicago brain injury law firm