Accidents can happen at any time and anywhere. Even including when you are trying to relax and have fun while on vacation.
What was supposed to be a break from reality can have you crashing back to Earth in the most literal sense. Accidents are complicated enough when you are only a few miles from home so you can imagine that it is far worse when on vacation and far from home.
When you are far from familiar things and without people you trust to call, then it can be quite stressful in addition to any injuries that you may have suffered.
What to do? In this article, I will go over the things you need to keep in mind when you are in an accident.
If you are in a rental car, make sure to read the paperwork that you’ve gotten when you signed the agreement. That way if an accident does occur, you will already know how to handle it.
In the event of an accident, make sure the other people involved are not injured. If they are, call the local emergency number or ask a witness if there is one. Once the injured are dealt with, then you should call your rental car company to let them know about the accident.
If you are in the US when the accident happened then you may want to hire an accident attorney. For details about how to proceed, you can learn more at Lamber Goodnow.
Bus or tram accident
When you are on public transportation while on holiday, an accident can be even more complex. At least in a car accident, it is somewhat clear who is at fault and how you should proceed.
On a bus, tram or train, things are very murky. Especially when considering who you will need to be dealing with to settle things.
First, allow yourself to be looked at by a medical professional on the scene. You may have an injury and not realize it which will complicate matters if you leave the scene.
If you have a camera with you, then make sure to take some pictures as this can be helpful to the accident investigators. Make sure that you have some kind of report filed as you will need to be contacted at a later time. You will have to give the authorities your hotel information so they can contact you while you are on holiday.
After you’ve gone home, they should also have your information to be able to help you as the investigation and settlement progresses.
Private tour company
If you are on a private tour and being driven by one of their drivers or contractors, then you will need to have a lawyer help you. Likely, your lawyer will need to be where the private company is headquartered. If they are a local company that runs tours far and wide, this will be a lot easier to deal with than a company in the area where you were visiting.