What if you Get in a Crash while on Vacation?By Schultz & MyersSummer travel is one of our country's favorite activities. With nearly 60% of Americans planning to travel more than 100 miles from home, it's no surprise that once in a while, we'll get a call. Accidents happen. Even on vacation.
It may be a fender bender car crash, or a slip and fall at a theme park, but no matter how you're hurt, planning what to do after an unfortunate side trip to the Emergency Room is as important in vacation preparation as buying plane tickets or filling your gas tank.
The most important thing to do before leaving home or participating in vacation activities is to identify the dangers and risks that come with your trip. For example, travelling the highways at night may put you on the road with some sleepy drivers. Rental hotel units with ceramic tile may be very slippery - especially after an afternoon of swimming and putting on summers most popular shoe, the flip flop.
More adventurous vacationers should always visually inspect any equipment provided. Leaky kayaks, frayed zip lines, or poorly maintained nature trails can cause a vacation to turn into a disaster. If you are aware of potential hazards, you can prevent most accidents from happening in the first place.
Unfortunately, some situations are beyond your control. If you or a family member becomes injured due to the negligence of another driver or a business owner, there are some critical steps to take (even while on vacation) to protect your injury claim.
First, get checked out at a local emergency room. It might be tempting to make it to that museum tour that starts an hour after your crash, but your health is always number-one priority.
If you must cut short your vacation, keep track of the significant extra expenses you incur while changing flights, and keep a thorough record of all medical providers you see.
If you continue on with your vacation, despite your injury, be prudent when photographing and memorializing your trip on social media. If an insurance company can manipulate the story behind your pictures to convince jurors you weren't too injured, they will. It's a powerful tactic, and can destroy your case.
Finally, you'll want to hire an attorney in the state in which the accident occurred. If you live in Arkansas, but were in a car wreck in St. Louis, you'll need to hire a personal injury lawyer who's familiar with the laws in Missouri.
That being said, it wouldn't hurt to call a law office who you trust to get your search started. The best attorneys will have relationships with other lawyers throughout the United States, and may be able to point you in the right direction.
Hopefully, this article can provide you with a bit of knowledge if you experience the unfortunate situation of being injured on vacation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephen Schultz & Josh Myers
Stephen Schultz and Josh Myers are accomplished personal injury lawyers and founding partners at the Schultz & Myers Law Firm. Josh Myers has authored numerous books on personal injury topics including Missouri auto and truck accident law.
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.
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