Probably the most common accident involving a tourist in Florida is a car accident. Here in Central Florida, so many tourists come and use rental cars. Many times tourists do not know where they are going. Sometimes travelers are from different countries where the road rules are different. Sometimes they are accustomed to driving on the opposite side of the road. A lot of times, these confused tourist drivers wind up being involved in accidents – whether they are at fault or not.
Tourists are not always to blame. Many times they are the innocent victims of negligent people who live right here in Central Florida.
In addition to car crashes, we also see tourists in our practice who have been injured at theme parks, on amusement rides, or in the course of simply walking through the park. We also see tourists who have been injured at our local resorts – from mishaps that happened in their hotel rooms, or even around the pool area.
In short, we represent tourists and travelers in a very wide variety of accidents.
What Are The Steps I Need To Take If I Am A Tourist And Injured In An Accident In Florida?
It depends on what kind of accident you are in. For instance, if you have been involved in a car accident, the most important thing that you would want to do is report the accident to local authorities so that they can provide emergency help, and also so that a report can be generated. When you go back to wherever you are visiting from, it is advantageous for there to be some sort of official report so that you can use it to prove how the accident happened in the event of an insurance claim against the other driver.
If you are injured in a theme park or at a resort, it is important to have somebody from management there to report the accident to, so that an official record can be made regarding what happened to you. The most important thing to do is to report the accident while you are here; so that some sort of documentation can be created. Even better would be to see if you can acquire any kind of surveillance or security video. Once you return home, probably the next best thing to do is contact a Florida attorney and find out what you need to do next.
Do Theme Parks Like Busch Gardens Have Representatives On Site To Report An Accident?
We have had the honor of representing several clients who have been injured at Busch Gardens, in Tampa. We know that Busch Gardens have representatives on-site who come to the scene of each reported accident and gather information. In our cases, these risk managements representatives have arrived at the scene almost at the same time as the first aid people, but that is not always the case.
To contrast, we have handled several claims against Universal Studios. With these clients, they have almost always had to go in search of somebody to report an accident to. Typically there is usually a main office where there will be a first aid person, or a person who is set up to take down information for an incident report. So it appears that each of the theme parks handles their business a little bit differently in terms of on-site attention to accidents or claims.
How Should People Handle Such Situations In The Absence Of A Lawyer?
You are never required to make a statement to anyone that asks you to, whether it is an insurance representative or representative of a theme park, a resort or risk management, or any of those kinds of organizations. Nevertheless, sometimes there will be situations where it makes sense to give a straightforward statement. This really will depend upon the circumstances each time.
If a tourist decides to give a statement, the most important thing is to make sure that everything said is true and accurate. This is especially true if there is a language barrier. If there are injury questions, and the injured tourist is not exactly sure what the injury is, something like, “My neck hurts”, or, “My back hurts”, will be just fine. “I hurt all over”, or, “My whole right side hurts”, might also be fine – as long as this is true. However, a wise tourist will make sure not to leave any injured body parts out of the discussion.
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