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Driving Abroad – Rise In UK Holidaymaker Accidents

17th December 2013
Despite the talk of “staycations”, this season will likely see an estimated 18 million plus British holidaymakers heading abroad for their annual summer break. The risk of illness, injury and accident is known to actually increase as accident compensation solicitors can see a higher number of personal injury claims during the summer months.

Studies show that than more than half of UK holidaymakers will be relying on a car as the chief method of transport to reach their holiday destination, and a further 14 per cent will drive a vehicle from the airport, train or boat to their accommodation. Seven in ten of will also use a car while on holiday abroad (and at home) during the summer period.

Major risks for those taking a vehicle onto foreign roads...

Notwithstanding, the traditional hazards from sunburn and food poisoning to swimming pool and hotel balcony accidents, travelling abroad can also present major risks for those taking a vehicle onto foreign roads where driving is in the right hand side lane and road signs may be unfamiliar. Road traffic accidents and vehicle collisions can account for more than 40 per cent of all accidents.

According to recent research by Aviva, nearly three quarters of UK holidaymakers become confused and are unable to follow the rules of the road and experience difficulties when driving on holiday.

Wrong side of the road...

Figures also reveal nearly 3 in ten of people say they have “misread or misunderstood” foreign road signs and more than 1 in five admit that they have actually driven on the wrong side of the road. More than a half of holidaymakers admit to getting lost when driving overseas (as well as in the UK) and 1 in 20 said they had been involved in an accident while driving on holiday.

Aviva also report that UK drivers estimate they will “drive around 250 miles to reach their destination” and will be “behind the wheel for five hours.” Once they arrive at their destination, motorists will drive another 125 miles, on average, on day trips or driving between locations. However, nearly three quarters of travellers were “unable to accurately predict” their journey times and distances.

Rising road collisions and accident claims...

According to British Foreign Office, the number of British tourists involved in road collisions has risen, in particular, during visits to popular holiday destinations, such as Spain and Australia. In Thailand, for example, more than 68,580 road accidents occurred in 2011, involving both tourists and Thai residents.

Between 2011 and 2012, the number of road accident claims made during the height of the summer season had increased by 10 per cent.