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St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John tourist slip and fall lawyer

A vacation is supposed to provide a person with a stress-free environment, relaxation, and an overall fun experience. Getting to see new places, try new foods and activities, and create long-lasting memories is why many people travel. However, a trip can take a turn for the worse if you or a loved one suffer an injury. Most commonly, a tourist-related injury can result from negligence, personal altercations, societal differences, car accidents, slip and fall accidents, or defective products. When an injury occurs far away from home, speaking to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible may provide clarification on the steps that should be followed. Before going on a vacation, it may be beneficial to consider the following safety tips:

Understand Where You Are Going

Traveling can be one of the riskiest activities a person can do. Unfamiliarity with the location, laws, and customs could leave a tourist in an unsafe situation. When planning a trip, researching the areas you want to visit ahead of time may be a good idea. Although the U.S. Virgin Islands are considered American soil, there are differences between the Islands and the mainland. For example, unlike the United States, motorists in the Virgin Islands drive on the left side of the road. 

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St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John premises liability lawyer

The Virgin Islands are one of the most beautiful places in the world. However, it is also a territory plagued with violent crime. In fact, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ranks the Virgin Islands as the fourth highest in the world for homicides. Unfortunately, some vacations to these Caribbean islands are ruined after a tourist is assaulted or otherwise personally injured during a criminal act. Being attacked by another person while visiting a place far from home can be one of the most terrifying experiences a person can endure. Often, these tourist attacks could have been prevented if the hotel, resort, retail store, or other establishment in which the attack occurred had better security. If you or a loved one were injured in the Virgin Islands due to inadequate security, a premises liability lawsuit can allow you to pursue compensation for your damages.

Negligence Can Result in Increased Criminal Activity

Premises liability claims are a specific type of personal injury claim that deals with faulty or unsafe conditions on another party’s property. Sometimes, the defective condition is something like broken stairs or icy walkways, while other times, the negligence is caused by a lack of appropriate security measures. Property owners and possessors have a legal obligation to ensure that their properties are reasonably safe for visitors. This often means employing security guards, installing security cameras, making sure that parking lots are well-lit, and taking other precautions to prevent foreseeable crime. When property owners fail to uphold this duty, they put visitors to the property in unnecessary danger. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you can hold these negligent parties accountable for their wrongdoing and pursue compensation for your damages. Premises liability claims can be brought against both residential and commercial property owners.

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When Your Vacation in the Virgin Islands Is Ruined by Car AccidentWith tourism being the primary economic engine for the U.S. Virgin Islands, the islands welcome more than 2 million visitors each year. Along with this large number of tourists, the islands also get their share of car accidents. This is made worse by the fact that drivers on the islands must keep left, not to the right as they are used to if they come from the United States.

What to Do If Involved in a Car Accident in the Virgin Islands

  1. Get Medical Attention: Even when there are no obvious injuries, you should visit a hospital. Many people walk away from an accident and fail to get medical attention – assuming they are not hurt – only to find out later they have suffered internal injuries, which are by then worse than they would have been if they had immediately sought medical attention.
  2. Get Detailed Information: To the extent that you are able, document the accident by taking pictures, including the vehicle, the scene and any visible injuries on you. If the accident involved another vehicle, get the other driver’s license and insurance information. If there are witnesses, take their names and contact information. This information will be useful down the road when you seek compensation for your injuries.
  3. Preserve Your Account of the Incident: Write down or record a narrative of what you recall happened right before the accident. This information can be useful in establishing or bolstering evidence to determine who was at fault.

Complexities in Virgin Island Accidents

As noted above, the U.S. Virgin Islands is a popular vacation destination. Chances are if you are involved in a car accident here, you are either yourself from outside the island or the other driver is. This makes any case complicated because one must deal with multiple jurisdictions or even foreign countries to get to the bottom of things.

Contact a Virgin Islands Auto Accident Attorney

When your dream vacation in the Caribbean is ruined by an accident – especially one you were not at fault for – you may find yourself uncertain as to what to do or where to turn for help. Our skilled attorneys at Colianni & Colianni, LLC, will help you understand your rights and your best options for receiving compensation for the damages you have suffered. We will evaluate your case and provide you with dedicated representation, working to ensure that you are compensated for your medical costs, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. Contact a U.S. Virgin Islands personal injury lawyer today at 340-719-1766 to arrange a free consultation.

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Virgin Islands tourist accident attorney personal injuryIf you or a loved one is injured while on vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, here are four steps you should take: (1) get medical care, (2) document the incident, (3) determine who was at fault, and (4) obtain local legal assistance before accepting any settlement from an insurance company or other responsible parties.

1. Obtain Medical Treatment and Diagnosis of Your Injuries

First, seek medical attention and determine the severity of your injuries. If your injuries are severe enough that recovery will cost thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages, perhaps leaving you with permanent dysfunction or disfigurement, you will definitely want to explore options for compensation.

2. Document the Personal Injury Incident

Once the immediate medical emergency has been handled, take the time to document the incident. Obtain the names and contact information of everyone involved, including eyewitnesses and medical professionals. Take photographs of the area where the accident happened, any equipment or vehicles involved, and your injuries. Write down everything you can remember about the incident, including dates and times. These details can be easily lost in the aftermath of an emergency but will be crucial to proving your right to compensation.

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