Recently, an investigation conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed concerning safety issues surrounding the sport of parasailing. The NTSB found the entire parasailing industry to be almost entirely unregulated with serious accidents often caused by faulty equipment. Our Miami personal injury lawyers found that this report is the first of its kind published by the NTSB concerning parasailing. Investigations started as a result of the eight parasailing accidents that recently occurred, two of which were in Florida.
Christopher Hart, Acting Chairman of the NTSB, stated that something as simple as a worn harness, strong winds, and a weak towline could lead to serious accidents. As such, it is critical that operators are competent and aware of all the risks associated with parasailing. Unfortunately, absent any regulation as to the training of operators or inspection of equipment, the risk for accidents continues to exist.
Based on its troubling findings as to a lack of regulation and minimum standards for operators and equipment, the NTSB has recommended that the United States Coast Guard require a special license for parasail operators. The NTSB also announced five other recommendations to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Two of the eight parasailing accidents that led to this investigation took place in Florida, with one occurring in Pompano Beach and the other in Panama City. In July of 2013, two teenagers were severely injured after their towline broke, causing their canopy to crash into a beachfront condo. A few months before this frightening accident, a woman fell 450 feet to her death after her harness became separated from the flight bar while flying over the ocean.
Other recent parasailing accidents have occurred in North Carolina, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These accidents have led to over eight deaths and five injuries, according to the NTSB report.
Here in Miami, parasailing is a popular sport that attracts thousands of tourists and locals alike. While parasailing and other water sports can be a thrilling, unforgettable activity, it is important to remember that the operators of these sports are rarely required to obtain special licensing, possess qualifications, or maintain their equipment in proper working order. As such, accidents can and do occur.
If you are injured in a parasailing or other water sports accident, you may be eligible for compensation if your injuries were caused due to operator negligence or faulty equipment. Contact a licensed personal injury attorney as soon as possible following your accident. He or she can assist you in obtaining compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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If you or a loved one is injured in a parasailing accident, contact the South Florida Personal Injury Law Firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano We have zealously represented the victims of parasailing and other water sport accidents occurring across South Florida for over 120 collective years. Our commitment to our clients has earned us an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, and it is why we have been asked to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Moreover, the Miami Herald voted us as one of the top-rated South Florida law firm, and, we have earned the title of “Superlawyers,” designating us as being among the best lawyers in America. We want to put this dedication to work for you, so call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation.