All accidents great and small

Published: 17/10/2012

Proof that accidents really can happen anywhere and come in all shapes and sizes, here’s five of the strangest personal injury accidents.

Castles in the sky

In 2006 13 people were injured and 2 sadly killed after a bounty castle was carried 50 feet into the air by a strong gust of wind. Covering a distance of 150 feet, the bouncy castle turned over whilst airborne before it returned to the ground.

Down the hatch

While some may consider this a good way to go, nearly two centuries ago, in 1814, records showed that 8 people drowned in beer after a vat burst open in a local brewery resulting in 550,000 gallons to spill out onto the street. In addition to the eight that drowned, another died of alcohol poisoning.

Camel with more than a hump

In New Jersey a man died in a road traffic accident after his car collided with a camel crossing the road. As a result of the accident, a fence was constructed to prevent animals crossing and causing any future accidents.

Lightning strikes

There are many professions which come with an element of risk. One of these occupations is a PE teacher where there is high chance of the odd sprain or strain. However one PE teacher got more than they signed up for when they were struck by lightning… whilst in a classroom!

Man vs. Bear

We’ve all been there, wandering down the road either texting or checking our emails on our smartphone and come close to colliding with another person, lamp post etc. This was similar story to a man in California who was absentmindedly tapping in a text when he almost walked straight into a bear which was roaming the neighbourhood!

Whatever your accident – be it in a road traffic accident, an accident at work or a slip, trip or fall in a public place - if you have been injured as a result and it wasn’t your fault, contact Goldsmith Williams to see if you could be entitled to compensation. Our dedicated department has over 20 years experience in personal injury and can help you make a claim.

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