While an estimated three to five million vacationers and other individuals across the United States make the decision to go parasailing each year, there are continued claims that the adventurous activity is highly unregulated. In other words, there are no federal training specifications and no inspection requirements for parasailing equipment. In effect, participants are at risk for serious injury or even death.
Given the popularity of South Carolina’s sandy beaches with their balmy weather, the incidence of accidents and life-threatening injuries remains high. One primary concern is strong winds that cause the towline to break. Yet, the Parasail Safety Council has reported that many of the fatalities that have occurred while parasailing are due to the participants’ inability to free him or herself from a harness during an impromptu water landing. Recently, in July 2018, a customer lost both legs below the knees following a parasailing accident in Myrtle Beach, while another fractured a hip.
Have You or a Loved One Been Seriously Injured While Parasailing?
In what is becoming a significant risk to public safety throughout the low country, parasailing has resulted in severe injuries for visitors and tourists, including a fractured pelvis, broken ribs, collapsed lungs and cuts to the face. In other instances, passengers have died after plunging to their death from hundreds of feet in the air. In one such case, a woman’s harness simply came loose and she slipped out of it. Investigations into some of the incidents revealed uninspected vessels, faulty equipment and a boat that lost power, sending a man into the water.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a parasailing accident in Charleston, Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Kiawah, Hilton Head or the surrounding areas, it is important to contact a trusted and experienced parasailing accident injury lawyer. Attorney Taylor Anderson has devoted his practice to helping victims and families suffering from serious injuries from commercial water sports throughout South Carolina, including parasailing. Specifically, when accidents and injuries could have been prevented, Taylor demonstrates the legal leadership necessary to help individuals obtain justice and the compensation that they need.
Contact Taylor Anderson Law Firm today for the strong client advocacy and qualified legal counsel that you deserve.