Travelling abroad is a great way to relax and escape the daily stresses of life, as well as experiencing other cultures, visiting must-see hotspots or exploring off-the-beaten-path areas. A vital element of foreign travel is, of course, transport. But even though most tourists are used to public transport and air travel, if something does go wrong abroad it can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare.

This guide will look at how to avoid transport accidents abroad, explore who is responsible and how to make a claim.

Public transport accidents abroad

Public transport is usually very safe within Europe and North America but can be a challenge in the rest of the world. Either way, it’s a great way of getting from A to B relatively quickly and for a reasonable price. However, public transport accidents abroad still happen and you could be entitled to compensation. Below are some typical transport accidents that you could be entitled to compensation for:

Trips, slips or falls

Airlines, ferries, buses, and light rail such as trams or the underground have specific safety regulations they need to adhere to. However, the extent of those regulations and enforcement of them varies greatly from country to country. It may be that there are regular checks of equipment or machines to ensure they’re not faulty, and making sure there are no tripping hazards such as bags in walkways, but that isn’t always the case. For example, if you were to trip on a bag in the aisle of a plane and injure yourself, you could be entitled to compensation.

Food poisoning

Regardless of the mode of travel, whether it’s an airplane, cruise or ferry, you could be eligible for compensation if you’ve been affected by food poisoning while travelling.

If you believe you’ve been affected by food poisoning and believe it to be the fault of your cruise, ferry or airline provider, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.

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Airplane injuries

If you’ve been injured on an airplane, you may be entitled to make an airline injury claim, even if another passenger was at fault.

Under the Montreal Convention, regardless of who was responsible for the accident., the airline is still at fault and therefore the claim would be made against the airline.

Ferry injuries

If you’re a passenger injured on a ferry, you may be entitled to make a claim under the Athens Convention and the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage at Sea Protocol.

Each ferry provider has a duty of care so if they fail to have met their duty of care towards you, you may be entitled to make a claim. Our specialist lawyers can help you in any whether the accident is related to a collision, a slip, trip or fall on a ferry.

starting a claim

If you believe you could be eligible to make a public transport accident abroad claim, get in touch with our experts on 0800 0 244 244 or complete our ‘start a claim’ form by clicking below and one of our injury specialists will get in touch.