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Summer Travel Safety Tips

Goldstein Heslop Steele Clapper Oswalt & Smith Dec. 10, 2021

Summer vacation is a great time to experience the life-fulfilling joy of travel. Whether you are simply making a short trip to a destination just a few short hours away, or traveling halfway around the world, there are a few guidelines you should follow to help ensure your safety and prevent you from possibly sustaining a serious injury while away from home.

Check the Maintenance of Your Car

Whether you are driving your own personal car on a road trip or are renting a vehicle once you reach your destination, your car’s maintenance is vitally important to your safety while on the roads. Make sure the tires have a proper amount of tread and are properly inflated. Check all the fluid levels, and if necessary swap out your car’s oil before a long drive. Make sure all safety devices, such as seatbelts, are working properly, and always make sure you properly secure any child seats you may have. Be sure your car insurance will cover you in any vehicle you drive, including rentals, and carry copies of your policy information with you at all times.

Plan to Arrive Early to The Airport

If your summer vacation involves air travel, always be sure you arrive early to the airport to account for any traffic or security hang-ups that you may experience. If possible, you may want to consider using any online check-in options your airline might give you in order to expedite your process at the check-in counter. The last thing you want to be doing is driving recklessly on the road to try and make your flight-especially in a congested area like an airport.

Check Your Medical Insurance when Going Abroad

If you plan on leaving the country for your vacation, make sure you check your medical insurance for information on whether or not you will be covered abroad and to what extent if you are injured. If your coverage is not adequate, consider upgrading it or purchasing temporary travelers insurance in order to make sure you are medically covered during your travels. If you do become injured, make sure you seek treatment immediately and file a claim with your insurance as soon as possible.

If You Have Been Injured

If you have been injured while traveling or during some vacation activity, seek medical attention immediately and file a claim with any relevant insurance provider you might have. If possible, document the scene of the incident-especially if you believe that your accident was caused by the actions of someone else. If you have visited Pennsylvania for your vacation and sustained an injury, it is best to contact a local personal injury lawyer who is ready to assess your case and your edibility to recover any compensation.

The proven Altoona personal injury lawyers at Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith have served the Pennsylvania residents for over 100 years. Our skilled staff has helped countless injury clients from all over Blair County pursue the relief they deserve. We take a unique approach by getting to personally know and understand the issues facing our clients, allowing us to put their needs and best interests first in each case.

If you or a loved one has been injured while traveling and have questions regarding your rights, contact Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith today to schedule a consultation.