Tourist season is kicking into full swing. Whether you are visiting Charlotte or live in the city and are visiting elsewhere, knowing how to avoid common vacation accidents can help ensure that you and your family have a wonderful time from beginning to end.
An injury or illness during a vacation can grind things to a halt. Keep you and your family safe and able to enjoy your break by protecting yourselves from the most common issues that arise during family vacations.
You may know what you are allergic to in your backyard, but flora and fauna that you aren’t used to can kick off a round of hay fever, hives and other issues that you would rather not deal with. Before you take a trip out of your home city, research the indigenous plants of your destination. Know what you will encounter and pack plenty of your allergy medications.
2. Car and Bicycle Crashes
Driving on two wheels or four can be dangerous. It’s even more so when you are cruising along unfamiliar roads. Locals will drive the way locals do, and tourists will drive the way they do. At time, these two driving styles don’t match up. If you are driving through unfamiliar territory, try to stick with the speed limit and be sure that you understand how to get where you are going before you set off on your journey.
3. Swimming Accidents
Swimming is a fantastic part of summer. Whether you are in a hotel pool or the calming waves of the ocean, swimming accidents can happen in a split second. If you are a parent, keep an eye on your children at all times. If you are swimming in natural waters, heed any warning signs and obey the lifeguards at all times.
4. Food Poisoning
Some may find it surprising that food poisoning is the number one cause of injury and illness during vacation. It’s completely normal to want to try a bit of the local cuisine if you are in a new place, but ask for a few tips before you do. The locals can tell you what restaurants are worth visiting and which are best to avoid. If you decide to cookout, follow food safety rules to ensure that you aren’t making yourself or your family ill.
If you or a member of your traveling party gets ill or is injured on vacation, stay as calm as possible. If the issue is a minor one, you can take care of it and go about enjoying your vacation. If the injury or illness is a major one, or seems to be, seek medical help as soon as possible.
If you are injured in Charlotte whether you are visiting or live here permanently, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. If your injury is due to someone’s error or neglect, call our office and schedule a free case evaluation. We will review the circumstances of your injury and advise yo of your legal options.