Blog Home

Vacation Accidents to Avoid (and What to Do If You Can’t)
Posted By:

Vacation Accidents to Avoid

 

It’s February, and that means that tourist season is in full swing in the Sunshine State. People from all over come to enjoy our comfortably warm weather, gorgeous beaches, relaxed atmosphere, innumerable theme parks, and other exciting destinations. Most of them are quite good at preparing for their trip (bathing suits, sunscreen, itineraries and the like), but there is one thing that most tourists forget about when getting ready for their vacation – accidents and injuries can happen anywhere.

 

Okay, you’re saying, but on vacation – really? Actually, yes. Surveys show that a surprisingly high number of people either get sick or injured while on a trip – 20 percent, to be exact. You probably don’t want to think about the possibility of getting hurt when you’re trying to kick back and have fun, but if you really want to stay safe, it’s important that you do so.

 

How can you avoid ruining your vacation with an illness or accident? First you have to know the most common issues that people face.

 

Typical Vacation Illnesses and Injuries

 

Allergies

Florida is home to lots of beautiful and exotic flora and fauna. Nice to look at, but agonizing if you end up discovering that you’re allergic to it and neglected to bring antihistamines or your allergy medicine. Do yourself a favor and research common local allergens before getting on a plane.

 


Car and bike crashes

Driving or riding around an unfamiliar area can put you in a lot of danger if you make even a simple mistake while you’re out on the road. And it doesn’t even have to be your fault. Locals tend to expect traffic to behave in a particular way, and if you deviate from those expectations, a collision can result. Things aren’t necessarily better for vacationing pedestrians, either. Sure, you don’t have to worry about breaking any driving laws, but you’re far more vulnerable to serious injury if you get hit by a car.

 

Fort Lauderdale Beach Swimming Accidents

 

Swimming accidents

This one is especially important for people coming to Florida to enjoy the warm waters of the Atlantic. If you’re not accustomed to swimming in the ocean, this can lead to all kinds of problems, including getting caught in the undertow or being stung by jellyfish. Make sure you learn as much as you can about the area you want to swim so that you know what kinds of potential hazards there are and how to stay safe.

 

Food poisoning

Not surprisingly, this is the number one cause of injury or illness to vacationers. It makes sense. When you’re visiting a new area, you not only want to try all kinds of new foods, but also get a taste of the local flavor – sometimes in places that might not be completely safe. Beyond this, our bodies can react negatively simply because they aren’t used to a particular kind of diet. The best way to avoid problems is to pace yourself and research to see if there are specific foods or places people recommend avoiding.

 

If you or someone you’re traveling with does get sick or hurt, it’s important to remember to remain calm. When the problem is minor, you can probably still find lots of fun things to do as long as you remain flexible and positive. And if something serious happens due to someone else’s negligence, make sure you document everything that you can and get in touch with an experienced injury law firm. Ruining your vacation is bad enough – you shouldn’t have to pay for another person’s mistake, too.

 

About the Author:

Andrew Winston is a partner at the personal injury law firm of The Law Office of Andrew Winston. He has been recognized for excellence in the representation of injured clients by admission to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is AV Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and was recently voted by his peers as a Florida “SuperLawyer”-an honor reserved for the top 5% of lawyers in the state-and to Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite.”

 

Categories
AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

AMERICAS TOP 100 HIGH STAKES LITIGATORS

2018

Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is comprised of the nation’s most exceptional trial lawyers for high stakes legal matters. For initial consideration, an attorney must have successfully litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake (i.e. bet-the-company litigation valued in excess of $2,000,000).

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

LEAD COUNSEL

LEAD COUNSEL
RATED

Since 1997, the Lead Counsel Rating has been available for free to attorneys who have demonstrated the following three requirements:

Professional Experience
Peer Recommendations
Spotless Record

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

LAWYERS OF DISTINCTION

LAWYERS OF
DISTINCTION

Lawyers of Distinction members have been selected based upon a review and vetting process from our Selection Committee. After a thorough review of credentials, attorneys are nominated by our Selection Committee. Lawyers do not pay for this nomination. These potential candidates who meet the criteria of our screening process have demonstrated a high degree of peer recognition and professional competence

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM
LIFETIME MEMBER

THE TOP TRIAL LAWYERS IN AMERICA ®

ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS GROUPS OF TRIAL LAWYERS IN THE UNITED STATES. MEMBERSHIP IS LIMITED TO ATTORNEYS WHO HAVE WON MILLION AND MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS.

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

FLORIDA TREND’S

FLORIDA LEGAL ELITE
2011-2017

Now in its 13th year, Florida Legal Elite presents a prestigious roster of attorneys chosen for recognition by their peers.

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

EXPERTISE

BEST PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS IN FORT LAUDERDALE
2016

Our goal is to be a hub where qualified experts can connect with people to share their knowledge, experience, and skills.

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

SUPER LAWYERS

TOP RATED PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER IN DAVIE FL
2011-2017

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

SUPER LAWYERS

FLORIDA TOP 100 LAWYERS
2015-2017

Super Lawyers magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-approved law school libraries.

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

AVVO

TOP ATTORNEY PERSONAL INJURY
10.00
SUPERB

Avvo was founded in Seattle, Washington by tech-savvy lawyer Mark Britton to make legal easier and help people find a lawyer.

REVIEWS

LEAVE US A REVIEW

CASE RESULTS

See More Results

Font Resize