28 February 2013

Common Accidents When Travelling

Let’s face it. There are a number of things that could go wrong while travelling. After all, you’re stepping out of your comfort zone, exploring new and different areas where standards for health, safety and other regulations can be quite different than what you are accustomed to. But, your sense of adventure could end up causing you more pain than enjoyment.

Illnesses, accidents and injuries often occur while traveling. With that said, using common sense, maintaining a sense of your surroundings, staying calm and using extra caution goes a long way in ensuring your health and safety while you travel. Whether you’re in the same country or half way around the world, being in a different environment puts you at a greater risk for being in an accident and suffering serious head injuries.



Next time you set out to explore the world, remember to use and protect your head if you’re caught in one of the most common traveling accidents.

Road Accidents
 
If you plan to drive in another country, make sure you know the rules of the road ahead of time and study up on that country’s signage. Sometimes, accidents are unavoidable. A driver’s negligence can put you in danger and cause mild to severe harm like whiplash, a skull fracture or even death. Lawyers, such as those at Irwin Mitchell who specialise in head injuries, will tell you that whether at home or abroad, whether on a bicycle or in a car, traffic accidents are some of the most common causes of severe head injuries, and the impact on your life can be grave.

Intoxication
 
We all know the saying, “When in Rome.” Adopting local tradition and losing all inhibition may seem like a good way to have fun and “learn” about a certain culture, but drinking to the point that you are incoherent and unable to function, is not the wisest choice. Studies show that drinkers have a higher risk for accidents than nondrinkers and they are likely to suffer more serious injuries. Furthermore, a drunken state leads to impaired judgment and imbalance which are conditions that make you more susceptible to falling and injuring your head.

Extreme Sports and Water Sports
 
Yes, they are fun, exciting and thrilling, but sports are dangerous. Extreme and water sports in particular put participants at a greater risk. Mountain climbing, parasailing, bungee jumping, hang gliding and riding ATVs and jet skis are all risky sports. Even skiing can be dangerous if you don’t wear a helmet or ski outside the boundaries.

Acts of Violence and Assault
 
Travelling to violence prone areas is always precarious. Some cities have extremely high crime rates where you may experience a minor crime such pit pocketing or be the victim of a serious assault. It’s not always possible to avoid confrontations, but always do your best to protect your head from direct blows. In areas of political unrest or war zones, be cautious of any riots or delicate situations that could endanger you.

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