Avoiding accidents while travelling

Imagine you are heading out of town on a road trip. You have mapped out your route, reserved places to stay along the way and packed everything you need. Despite your planning, however, you wind up in the hospital after getting hurt at your hotel or rental home.

To avoid a situation like this, you should know some of the common types of accidents that can happen to people staying in a hotel and who may be liable for them.

Common hotel accidents

Whether you are staying in a five-star hotel, a motel, or a short-term rental home, you could be at risk of accidents such as:

  • Swimming pool accidents, including drowning
  • Slipping or tripping due to wet floors, torn carpet or poorly lit walkways
  • Assault stemming from inadequate security
  • Illnesses from contaminated food
  • Elevator failures
  • Injuries resulting from failed maintenance in a gym or recreational area

Hospitality providers have a great deal of control over these conditions. Travellers typically expect that those in the industry in Canada and across the world will practise and prioritise risk management to prevent these accidents. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

Who is liable?

Determining who may be responsible for damages associated with a hotel accident can be complicated. It will depend on several factors, including:

  • Where the accident occurred on the premises
  • Whether there was a dangerous condition 
  • Whether the victim was legally allowed on the premises

Another critical factor that can affect liability is jurisdiction. Negligence laws and hotel regulations vary considerably, depending on the province or country in which an accident happens. And, depending on these laws, you may only have a matter of days or weeks to file a claim.

Thus, it is crucial to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident on property that someone else owns or operates. Knowing your legal options can have a dramatic impact on your recovery.

Travelling can be stressful; getting injured while you are away only makes matters worse. Not only could this ruin the rest of your trip, but it could also affect your health for the foreseeable future. Knowing what to watch out for can make it easier to stay safe and enjoy your time away.

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