Tourist injuries that take place in the Buffalo Niagara Region are often similar to those that happen to residents. The potential for accidents, however, can increase for visitors to our region because they are constantly “on the move” and usually unfamiliar with their surroundings. If the accident is caused by the negligence of a state or municipal agency or employer, a notice of claim will have to be timely filed or you may lose your right to recover your losses.
Common Tourist-Related Accidents
The most common tourist-related accidents take place during activities that typical travelers engage in – like visiting museums, taking boat or bus tours, eating at restaurants, or traveling to and from these locations of interest.
- Car accidents: the risk for car accidents can increase because tourists are often driving unfamiliar rental cars. This can make it harder to avoid a potential collision, especially one that is not the tourist’s fault.
- Bus accidents: the risk for a bus accident can increase because many tourists go on trips in large vans and buses that are more apt than other vehicles to roll-over in accidents.
- Watercraft and boat accidents: while visiting Niagara Falls, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie many tourists decide to take boat tours or spend time on personal watercrafts like jet skis.
- Falls or dangerous premises accidents: while traveling through Western New York tourists may encounter unsafe or dangerous premises (for example, icy steps, uneven flooring, etc).
- Aviation or airline related injuries
Due to the large variety of accidents that can occur, common tourist-related injuries can include any of the following:
Tourist Injury Tips
If you are injured while visiting the Niagara Falls or Buffalo, New York area, you may not know what to do or who to turn to. Here’s a simple set of instructions you can follow to make sure your rights are protected and to help you prove your case if a future personal injury lawsuit is necessary:
- Call 911 for medical help and police assistance– if you’ve been seriously injured, ask someone near you to call 911 for help immediately. It can be much easier for someone at the scene to do this for you if you’re unsure where you are.
- Gather as much information about every party involved in the accident as you can – if you are able to do so, write down information like phone numbers, addresses, driver’s license numbers, vehicle descriptions and insurance information.
- Talk to all potential witnesses – if there were witnesses who saw the injury take place, write down their names and contact information. Then ask them to stay until the police arrive so they can make a statement.
- Take pictures of the scene – If you brought your camera along, take pictures of the area where the accident took place, of injuries, and of any potential evidence.
- Call a lawyer familiar with tourist injuries– if you have been injured through no fault of your own, you will need an experienced tourist injury attorney in the state you were injured in, to help you coordinate an investigation and obtain any damages you’re entitled to. You can reach our personal injury attorneys at 716-854-0700.
- Focus on your recovery – Feroleto Law will bring its experience and dedication to your personal injury case so you can focus on your recovery.
If you have been injured through no fault of your own while visiting the Buffalo Niagara Region we invite you to call the tourist injury lawyers at Feroleto Law. Using our many years of experience, we will protect your rights, ensure that the negligent party is held accountable and get you the compensation you deserve.
We work on a contingency basis, so please don’t hesitate to schedule a complimentary case evaluation with us today. You can rely on our expertise and passion for justice to get you the compensation you deserve. No recovery, no fee.
Attorney John Feroleto
Attorney John Feroleto understands the value of hard work. He is known in the community and by his peers for his willingness to work and go the extra mile. Other lawyers often ask John to handle their trial matters to maximize clients’ recovery. Trial lawyers know who the best trial lawyers are. He was also named Trial Attorney of the Year in 2012 by the Western New York Affiliate of New York State Trial Lawyers Association. [ Attorney Bio ]