If you’re on vacation, you may not be thinking about what steps to take in case of a severe injury. You may not be familiar with the area you’re visiting, including the location of hospitals, the city and county layouts, the infrastructure that you will be using to find your way around.

Exploring Tennessee’s popular tourist destinations

Visitors coming to explore the outdoors or Sevierville’s many attractions may not have the institutional knowledge that residents have about hazards in the area, the most dangerous intersections and roads, and the more reputable organizations and tourism areas. If you’re a pedestrian on a sightseeing trip, you may not be thinking about reckless drivers or the many ways that popular tourist sites can present risks to you and your family. Here are some steps you can take to better secure the safety of you and your family:

  • You need to verify the qualifications and documentation that tour guides/services, amusement parks, recreation areas, and tourism companies have related to their credentials, insurance and potential hazards.
  • Whenever you’re asked to sign a liability waiver, make sure to read through it and save a copy for yourself. Though you won’t have a lawyer present, take caution if you recognize any problematic or suspicious language.
  • Check for hazards and dangerous conditions related to vehicles, boats, rides, or anything you may be traveling on.

Dealing with a personal injury claim

If you’re injured while on a family trip, you must receive medical attention right away. A trip to the hospital may be an inconvenience, but it can provide the treatment and documentation necessary for making a personal injury claim against a negligent party. You don’t want your health and livelihood ruined by an injury that occurred while you were supposed to be having a pleasant time with your friends and family. Tennessee has a one-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. If you’ve been seriously injured, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney with experience in personal injury suits.