What Should I Do If I Get Injured on Vacation (Car Accidents, Slip and Fall, Etc.)?
Florida attracts millions of visitors annually. And although the pandemic put many travel plans on pause, there are people who are still booking flights to enjoy the Sunshine State.
But what happens if you are injured while vacationing in Florida? Do you still have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries? The short answer is yes, even if you only visit Florida, your rights are still protected and you can collect damages.
Here, the SteinLaw team discusses the most common travel injuries and their causes as well as what you should do if you or a loved one is injured while on vacation.
Common Accidents While Vacationing
Florida ranks high in the number of traffic fatalities annually, from distracted driving to driving under the influence. When visiting Florida, it is possible to be injured in a car accident in your own vehicle or while in a rental vehicle. In the event of an accident of this nature, you would follow procedures just like in your home state following an accident. In the event of a car accident, you should seek medical attention, notify the local authorities, and seek out the guidance of a trustworthy car accident lawyer. If your accident occurred in a rental car, the procedure is similar.
While on vacation, there is also the chance for accidental injury due to a transit accident in which you are a passenger on a bus, ferry, train, or other public transit. In these cases, the owner or operator of the vehicle may be liable for the accident due to driver negligence or an improperly maintained vehicle. Another type of traffic-related accident is a pedestrian accident. Vacationers out and about seeing the sights are often walking, which puts them at a higher risk for pedestrian accidents. In fact, Florida has nearly twice more pedestrian deaths when compared to the national average.
Accidents Involving Bikes, Scooters, Golf Carts, and more
Vacationers often rent bikes, e-bikes, scooters, e-scooters, and other modes of transportation to explore all that Florida has to offer. This can result in accidental injuries including broken bones and head injuries.
In most cases, you have to sign a liability waiver before embarking on your adventure, but the rental company is still liable should the equipment you rented be faulty, defective, or not properly maintained. When renting vehicles or other equipment ask about safety inspections and ask for instructions on safe use of your rental. If you are injured due to the rental company’s negligence, you may be entitled for compensation.
Slip, Fall, or Trip Accidents
Slip, fall, or trip accidents are common occurrences that happen when businesses or recreational facilities fail to adequately maintain their property. Slip and fall accidents can happen in restaurants, hotels, rental properties, amusement parks, and even pools and beaches. From wet floors to unmarked steps, uneven surfaces to damaged flooring, hazards can be anywhere, particularly for those unfamiliar with the property. If you suffer injury from a slip, fall, or trip accident in a hotel or resort, the business is liable. These properties are required by law to keep premises (including transportation and amenities) free from hazards and safe for guests. The law requires owners/managers to properly maintain premises, making repairs as needed and cleaning up potential hazards (spills and such) as they occur.
Areas which are awaiting repair (like damaged floors or walkways) or pose other hazards (such as pools without lifeguards on duty) must have warning signs clearly posted. When renting a vacation home, ensure the owner has adequate insurance with guest liability coverage. If you suffer from a slip, fall, or trip or other accident injury in a vacation home, seek medical attention, and document the accident including the cause of the injury. Depending on the contract or lease agreement you signed, the homeowner may be liable for your injuries.
Other Common Accidents
Other common injuries while on vacation include recreational-related injuries, injuries related to insufficient security, and even food poisoning. Recreational injuries can occur at amusement parks, recreational facilities, and state or local parks and often involve boating, jet skiing, and paragliding. Injuries related to insufficient security involve assaults or other security-related injuries in which property owners failed to provide a safe environment.
Common Injuries While Vacationing
Any of these accidents can cause a variety of injuries from broken bones to head trauma. Among the most common injuries sustained by individuals on vacation are:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissues and internal injuries
- Head, neck, and spinal injuries
If you or a loved one were injured while on vacation, please contact our experienced lawyers at SteinLaw today!