Parasailing: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:40 by admin
Parasailing is a popular sporting activity offered at many beachfront resorts around the world. While most tourists assume that parasailing is a risk-free undertaking, statistics prove otherwise.

Annually, over 40 parasailing accidents occur in American waters, and many more overseas. Such accidents injure hundreds and have killed at least 15 people over the past decade. Unbelievably, there is very little government regulation or oversight of the industry. No inspections are required of boats, parasails, or other associated equipment.

Safety experts recommend asking plenty of questions before deciding to take a parasailing excursion. Try to determine the operator's experience and safety record. Inform the operator of your desire not to sail at an altitude that exceeds 500 feet, as wind conditions above this height are difficult to predict. In addition, emphasize that you do not wish to fly close to objects such as buildings, bridges, or other parasailers. Some operators carelessly approach such structures in an attempt to give riders a "thrill." Never parasail on an excessively windy day.

If you are injured while parasailing, it is important to protect your legal rights. Collect names, addresses, and phone numbers of any bystanders who may have witnessed your accident. Take photographs or videotape the scene. Finally, do not make any comments to the press, parasail operator, its insurer or legal representative.

If you have been injured in a parasailing accident, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Sporting Goods: Overview
  2. Broken Bones: Overview
  3. Bruises: Overview
  4. Dislocation: Overview
  5. Drowning: Overview
  6. Head & Brain Injury
  7. Paralysis: Overview
  8. Spinal Cord Injury
  9. Whiplash: Overview
  10. Wounds: Overview
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