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August 24th 2020

Accidents & Illness Abroad

‘Reckless driving’ in Turkey make country’s roads three times more dangerous for UK holidaymakers

Tracy Stansfield

Tracy Stansfield

Solicitor, Travel

‘Reckless driving’ in Turkey make country’s roads three times more dangerous for UK holidaymakers

Solicitor, Tracy Stansfield, a specialist in supporting people injured abroad, says holidaymakers must ensure they are fully protected ahead of trips to Turkey

Solicitor, Tracy Stansfield, a specialist in supporting people injured abroad, says holidaymakers must ensure they are fully protected ahead of trips to Turkey

It was with sadness that I read of a recent fatal accident in Turkey involving a minibus which was taking holidaymakers to their destination shortly after landing at the airport.

A significant number of the passengers on the shuttle bus involved suffered injuries and needed treatment in hospital, whilst the driver of the car involved, who was a local man, was killed in the crash.

It was a case which caught my attention for a number of reasons.

Firstly, I was interested to read the comments as to how the party of holidaymakers was supported by the holiday operator, and secondly because I am currently representing a UK family who were all injured in an accident when travelling on a shuttle bus from their airport to their hotel in the country.

A bit of research into Turkey and accidents on its roads makes for concerning reading.

The World Health Organisation says that around 10,000 people die each year on the roads of Turkey, and that it has a road traffic fatality rate of 13 deaths per 100,000 people.

That is more than three times higher than the UK – a statistic I imagine many of the 2.5 million plus British nationals who visited Turkey in 2019 were unaware of.

Interestingly, the UK Government’s Foreign Office even warns on its website that ‘accidents are common and mainly due to poor or reckless driving’, in Turkey, warning that roads in remote, rural areas, can be of a poor standard.

Family of four were all hospitalised due to accident on transfer from airport

Thankfully, in the case in which I am representing a UK family, there were no fatalities.

But in our work we know that the more minor accidents abroad can have serious consequences and cause a lot of hurt, pain and loss.

We have seen holidays ruined before they have started, and weeks or months of work missed when people return home due to injuries such as whiplash to the neck and lower back and chest injuries.

In the case I have been supporting a family through, the accident happened at the start of their holiday.

The bus driver, for reasons unknown, failed to stop at a red light and drove into the back of a coach which was stood stationary ahead. The minibus left the road and all of the family were injured.

The mother and father, and their two young children, were taken to hospital.

Whilst there were no broken bones, there were some nasty bumps, bruises, and cuts. One of the young children had a number of teeth knocked out whilst the other was left traumatised and needing counselling.

Their holiday was ruined and they were unable to go on the excursions they had planned to enjoy.

Holiday taxi firm has admitted liability for accident

As lawyers experienced in handling cases of injuries suffered abroad, we have helped many claim compensation and our team at Hudgell Solicitors knows the best legal approach to take to ensure our clients benefit from maximum compensation, and when required, rehabilitation and counselling.

Ultimately, the best way of protecting yourself in the event of any holiday injury is to book through an established and trusted package holiday operator, with all elements of your break organised by the holiday operator and covered by insurance.

This will hopefully ensure your case is more straight-forward, and against a UK-based holiday operator, should you or a family member be injured on your break, at the hotel you stay at or during any associated activities.

If you book your flights, hotel, transfers and excursions all separately, it can be more difficult to pursue action should the worse happen.

However, when you are in the same vehicle as the person who caused the accident, such as a taxi or minibus, you can bring a claim against the driver – and therefore a travel business – as we have been successfully able to do in this case.

Our clients have been pleased with how we have supported them, handling the case on a no win, no fee basis.

It allowed them to seek legal redress for suffering and loss which could and should have been avoided with careful driving, having not had to pay a penny up front for our legal expertise which has brought their case to successful point where we are now negotiating the damages settlement they will receive.

That is why we do the job we do, and why we always advise people to take extra care when travelling abroad.

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