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Accidents abroad – helpful hints and tips with evidence gathering

Whilst most annual holidays will go without fault or issue, there are occasions when holidaymakers find themselves in difficult situations as a result of being involved in accidents during their foreign travel.

Accidents can range from, trips, slips, and falls at hotels, airports or on board cruise ships to road traffic accidents, near drowning, or even aircraft accidents.

Accidents abroad and foreign hospitals

It is important that you carefully take note of your surroundings when travelling and consider any safety advice which may be given to aim to avoid accidents occurring in the first place.

What to do if you are involved in an accident?

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident during your foreign travels, then it is essential that you obtain as much information surrounding the circumstances as possible.

Firstly because this will assist with any insurance claim you may wish to pursue and the recovery of any medical fees. Secondly, to assist if you are intending on bringing a claim against a third party as a result of any potential negligent actions.

Evidence gathering

Evidence can be collated in many different forms, there may have been independent witnesses who saw what happened and are able to provide their own account, or CCTV showing the accident circumstances. The type of evidence required will depend upon the circumstances of the accident.

Below is a general overview of the type of documents which would assist parties in accident claims and insurance matters:

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Written reports

These can usually be obtained from holiday representatives, a third party driver, cabin crew, ships safety officer etc (Dependent upon the circumstances of the accident)

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Photographs

Showing the accident locus, injuries sustained, damage caused

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Independent witness statements

Try to obtain the name, address and telephone number of any witnesses to the accident, they can be contacted at a later stage for their potential input

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CCTV

If CCTV is available, request copies of the same, or take note of where this is located in comparison to the accident location

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Third party car registration number

If involved in a road traffic accident, then this information is essential as it will enable the tracking of the vehicle owner and any potential insurers of the vehicle

Help and assistance

Travel information and accidents abroad

If you have been involved in an accident during your foreign travels and require some general advice or assistance, then we are more than happy to help.

We have extensive experience of bringing successful claims against major tour operators, airlines, cruise ship operators and international insurers and would be interested to speak with you to see whether we may be able to secure you compensation in respect of your experiences.

Get in touch for a chat about how we can help you by filling in our quick, no obligation enquiry form and we will call you back or you can call us directly on 0808 145 1353.