Hitting the Highway, the Autoroute or Autobahn this Summer?

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BL Claims Solicitors specialise in personal injury, clinical negligence and travel claims, providing our clients with hands-on support, nationally.

We are rated as one of the top firms in the UK and believe in speaking to our clients in jargon-free language and ensuring you're speaking to a highly qualified lawyer right from the outset

Here are some key things to think about:-

1. Check your insurance cover before you go.  When travelling abroad with your motor vehicle you will need to have good motor insurance in addition to travel insurance.  The travel insurance policy will, depending on the extent of cover, help out with additional costs such as hotel bills which arise as a result of you not being able to get to your destination or if you need to unexpectedly cancel your travel plans.

2. Check you have adequate breakdown cover.  Make sure it covers you for all countries you plan to visit and do not skimp on the cost.  Having to pay several hundred pounds for your vehicle to be recovered from continental Europe will be far more expensive than paying a top-up premium on your existing insurance or taking out separate cover.

3. Research the rules of the road in the country you plan to visit.  Speed limits will be different to the UK, as will the requirements on what drivers are supposed to carry with them.  Check the Foreign Office Know Before You Go section (http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/) or AA website for further country-by-country details.  You will need to have a GB sticker displayed on your vehicle.  Rules change so do not take it for granted things will be the same as last time you got behind the wheel in your destination country.  For example, it is now compulsory to carry a breathalyser with you when travelling by car in France. 

4. If you are involved in an accident ensure you gather plenty of evidence at the scene and that the local police attend, particularly for more serious incidents.  Evidence should include photographs, diagrams and sketch plans as well as witness contact details and anything else of relevance.

5. Be prepared.  Check your vehicle maintenance and carry plenty of supplies (including snacks and water) in case you are delayed or breakdown. Above all, relax, enjoy the ride and ensure you plan a route with some stunning scenery and memorable landmarks.

Chris Deacon

Solicitor - Claims Abroad team

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If you would like to talk to someone and discuss a potential claim please call us on 0344 620 6600 anytime between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, or if you would prefer you can email us at info@blclaims.co.uk