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Parasailing is one of the most common activities for beachgoers, especially for those who are traveling and looking to try new things.
Parasailing venues can be found at local beaches and are also popular shore excursions for cruise ship travelers. While parasailing can be fun and exciting, it is also one of the most dangerous sports. According to the non-profit organization Parasail Safety Council, as many as five million people go parasailing each year, meaning millions of people are potentially placed at risk for serious or even fatal accidents to take place yearly. Over the past 30 years, more than 1,200 parasailing accidents occurred, over 400 resulted in serious injuries and more than 70 resulted in fatalities.
This is partly a result of the fact that in the United States there are no formal regulations for parasailing in place at the county, state or federal levels. While local areas may have their own rules established, there are no specific stipulations regarding the training of those operating parasailing venues or the safety of the equipment itself. And when people decide to go parasailing outside of the United States, whether as part of shore excursions recommended by cruise ships or on their own, the risks are exponentially worse, as most countries do not legal systems as ours where you can sue on a contingency basis and the laws are there to protect and compensate injured people in a fairly expeditious manner.
Parasailing accidents are very common in especially South Florida. The following are factors that contribute to these incidents:
- Harness Failure
- Tandem Failure
- Parachute Failure
- Mechanical Failure of Winches or Tow Boats
The majority parasailing accidents are due to equipment failure or lack of operator training. Because parasailing accidents typically involve victims falling from great heights, at the very least, victims suffer fractures upon impact with the surface on which they land. Unfortunately, the result of parasailing accidents is usually much more severe. Victims often end up colliding with buildings, trees or other structures in their paths multiple times or may drown when they land at sea. Several parasailing injuries and fatalities are also the result of faulty support systems. Victims may not be able to free themselves from their equipment, rendering them unable to escape a dangerous situation, and leading them to be swept up and away from " safe" areas to eventually and abruptly later collide with the ocean or land structures. If you or a loved one were involved in a parasailing accident, turn to our boat accident lawyers for assistance right away. Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has been helping victims of accidents at sea since 1971 and work diligently to ensure you and your loved ones obtain compensation for your pain and suffering.
If your accident was caused by someone's direct negligence or equipment failure, our maritime attorneys will do everything they can to obtain for you compensation for your injuries or losses. Our firm employees the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, and has been consistently AV-rated. When you work with a boat accident attorney from our firm, you can rest assured that you will be working with an experienced and ethical legal professional who has your best interest in mind and will stand by your side throughout the entire duration of your case.
For more information on parasailing accidents and getting started on a personal injury claim, contact our law firm today for a free consultation and let our experienced boat accident lawyers protect your rights.