Parasailing is a sport during which a speedboat tows a passenger harnessed to a parachute up to 350 feet in the air. This sport can involve more than one passenger being towed at a time. The driver of the boat determines where the passenger or passengers go and where they land.
Statistics show that over 1,200 parasailing accidents have taken place over the past three decades; 400 of these accidents have resulted in serious injuries and over 70 have resulted in fatalities. Between the years of 1982 and 2012, over 70 people were killed in parasailing accidents, and at least 1,600 sustained injuries. The casualty rate of parasailing is estimated to be one per 90,000 rides.
Parasailing Accident Causes
Most Florida parasailing accidents are caused by deploying parachutes in high wind or bad weather. In these circumstances, the tow line can separate from the tow vessel, resulting in a water landing, which can cause injury or death to the passenger. When the parasailing canopy is separated from its tow line, the canopy can remain inflated by the wind and bad weather conditions, placing the passenger at a high risk of harm. Other parasailing accidents are caused by equipment failure, high-speed water and deck landings, line popping, whiplash, canopy rotation, operator error or inexperience, and poorly run or maintained parasailing operations.
Who Is At Fault?
Some parasailing accidents are not directly someone’s fault. Still, others are the result of negligence, equipment failure or even greed. If the accident is the result of the negligence of another, then you are entitled to compensation.
Know Your Rights
Whether you or a loved one has been harmed because of the negligence or carelessness of another, we at Kaire & Heffernan, PLLC, will help you understand your rights and work to you get you compensation for your injuries. We understand how parasailing equipment should be maintained and how parasailing operations should be run. We can help you better understand the cause, responsibility and possible compensation for your parasailing accident. Contact us online or call 305-376-7860 today if you have questions.