Road Traffic Accidents Abroad
A road traffic accident, whether it occurs at home or abroad, is a stressful and often frightening event. While an RTA in the UK is bad enough, having an accident in an unfamiliar country, perhaps one where they don’t speak your language or where you are unsure of the legal implications of your situation, can be even more traumatic.
Not every country takes the same strict approach to road traffic laws as the UK does, and whilst this can be a quaint pleasure to be enjoyed as part of a holiday in foreign surroundings, it can also represent a significant hazard. Whether you’re driving your own car, a hire car or using a taxi, if an accident should happen that isn’t your fault you should still be entitled to compensation, just as you would be in this country.
How to avoid road traffic accidents
When spending time abroad, whether it’s on holiday or on a business trip, it’s important to lessen the risk of injury wherever possible, particularly when driving. You should take the same safety precautions when you get into a vehicle in a foreign country as you would anywhere else, irrespective of what the local customs are. This means wearing a seatbelt, and driving as carefully as you would in your own country.
Ensure that you familiarise yourself with basic road traffic laws, not just which side of the road to drive on but other basics such as who has right of way at a junction, etc. If you are using a hire car, ensure that it is in good working order before you drive on the road, and be aware that in some countries the surface of the road may not be in as good a condition as you are used to driving on, and therefore may present added hazards.
But, even with the most cautious driving, accidents can still happen, and when they do it’s important to know that if the accident was someone else’s fault you may be entitled to compensation. Dealing with legal processes in your own country can be confusing enough, let alone in a country you’re unfamiliar with, but in the case of an accident Injury Lawyers 4U have the experience and expertise to help you claim the compensation that you deserve, wherever you are in the world.
Injuries such as whiplash can potentially affect your ability to work when you get home, which in turn can affect your earning capacity. Injury Lawyers 4U fight to ensure that a road accident needn’t ruin your life, and help you to return to normality as soon as possible.
If you’ve suffered a road traffic accident in a foreign country, simply fill in our quick Contact Form and a member of our team will get in touch with you. We operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, and have helped our clients to secure compensation all over the world.