Travellers without holiday insurance liable for court action
29 January 2009 06:49
Holidaymakers that risk travelling abroad without travel insurance could face possible court action if they cause injuries to others.
That is the warning made recently by InsureandGo, an insurance provider which suggested that the legal issue is particularly significant in the winter season because of the number of people on the slopes without ski insurance.
Perry Wilson, founder of the firm, explained that injured parties are likely to sue in this "modern day of litigation", particularly if they are unable to work as a result of an accident they sustained.
"The big thing is personal accident. [Travel insurance is] not just you. If you run into somebody else and break their leg ... you will be taken to court. People just don't understand that," he said.
A survey by the company conducted in January 2009 indicated that 13 per cent of people who have skied or snowboarded have done so when drunk, with two per cent (174,000) admitting to being heavily drunk.
Meanwhile, a survey by Aldi Travel revealed this month that five per cent of people travel without holiday insurance in order to save money.