Road Accidents: #1 Threat for Travelers
This past weekend, 26 Boston University students studying in New Zealand were involved in a fatal three-vehicle collision. Sadly, three of those students lost their lives in the tragic accident, while one of the student drivers was air lifted to a hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. As reported in the Huffington Post,
The school said 26 students were traveling in three vans on their way to walk the Tongariro Crossing, a hike across a volcanic crater that is rated as one of New Zealand’s most spectacular. One of the minivans drifted to the side of the road around 7:30 a.m., then rolled when the driver tried to correct course near the North Island vacation town of Taupo, New Zealand police said….Study abroad program executive director Bernd Widdig called the deaths were the worst tragedy to hit the program since it began in the 1980s.”
More than any other cause of injury or fatality, road accidents pose the biggest threat to American travelers. According to a USA Today analysis:
About 1,820 Americans, almost a third of all Americans who died of non-natural causes while abroad, have been reported killed in road accidents in foreign countries from Jan. 1, 2003, through June 2010. On average, one American traveler dies on a foreign road every 36 hours.”
While we can all take precautions to prevent or avoid road accidents, as the world’s population grows and streets become more crowded, the statistics may get worse before they get better. To protect yourself financially from potential medical evacuation costs, doctor’s bills, or worse yet, repatriation costs associated with such an accident, we provide affordable travel medical insurance specifically designed to cover you while overseas.
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In the meantime, please keep the students and the families involved in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.