Parasailing Accident Provides Reminder of Hazards Involved in Recreational Watersports


July 26, 2013

Many people flood to resort cities like Savannah and other Georgia coastal areas during the summer.  Whether you live in Georgia or you are visiting from out of state, these seaside resorts offer guests the opportunity to experience new watersports and other exciting recreational activities.  Unfortunately, these activities can involve a significant risk of injury.  Because people tend to engage in recreational watersports like parasailing while they are vacationing away from home, travelers often do not possess much information about the company’s safety record nor do they know whether the training provided to tourists and staff is adequate to prevent accidents.

A recent serious parasailing accident involving two teen girls vacationing in another state provides a reminder of the dangers involved in these types of adrenaline sports.  The teenagers were parasailing while on vacation when the line that secured them to the boat broke according to ABC News.  The report indicates that the girls were still attached to the parachute when intense winds caused them to collide with power lines and a condominium building before they slammed into cars in the building’s parking lot.  Both teenage girls were non-responsive and taken to a local hospital where they were in critical condition according to the ABC report.  Montlick and Associates wishes to express our heartfelt sympathy for these teenage girls and their families along with our wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

While the parasailing accident is still under investigation, extreme sports accidents often occur because of negligence by the company offering the activity, the resort promoting the company, the driver of the boat or even the manufacturer of the equipment.  The ABC report indicates that the accident occurred when the winds kicked up because of a storm.  Depending on the specific facts and circumstances, a company that offers parasailing may be liable for having tourists engage in such activity when the weather conditions make it unsafe.  If the teens did not receive proper instruction or those employed to pull the boat and supervise the activity were not properly trained to operate the equipment, this also may constitute a basis for imposing liability on a recreational sports company that offers parasailing.

Even if the extreme watersport company was not negligent, the manufacturer of the line that snapped or other equipment could be liable for any product defects that contributed to the parasailing accident.  Product liability claims generally can be brought against any entity in the production or distribution chain for the equipment.  A parasailing equipment company could potentially be liable if the equipment was improperly designed or manufactured.  The company that manufactured the equipment also has a responsibility to provide appropriate warnings regarding potential hazards.

Some of the most common causes of parasailing accidents include inattentive boat operators, parasailing too close to other vessels and lack of proper education of tourists planning to participate.  Our Georgia personal injury lawyers are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Category: Personal Injury

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