Florida Accident Attorney: Florida Parasailing Accident Highlights Inherent Risks

by Carmen Dellutri on September 15, 2011

Naples personal injury attorneyNews that a tourist recently died in a tragic Florida parasailing accident has made many of us consider the safety of this popular Florida outdoor activity. While no one can deny the beautiful views parasailing provides, is it really worth the risk?

David Richard Sieradzki, 31, drowned after his parasail drifted down into the water when the boat pulling him lost speed, according to news reports. He was the second tourist to die in a parasailing accident off Florida's west coast within the past year. Alejandra White, 27, of Georgia was killed in September when a rope snapped while she and her fiancé parasailed along Clearwater Beach.

As with any outdoor activity, parasailing has inherent risks, particularly given the fact that the rider is floating 500 feet in the air over a body of water. According to the Parasail Safety Council, the most common parasail accidents are due to tow line separation from the boat, equipment failure, high speed water and deck landings, canopy rotation, line popping, and whiplash.

While parasailing accidents can happen with even reputable companies, the danger involved significantly decreases if you choose a reputable operator. Unfortunately, the parasailing industry has no official licensing requirements, industry standards, or qualifications, so your safety directly depends on the parasailing company you choose.

Therefore, it is important to keep these helpful tips in mind when preparing for your next parasailing excursion:

  • Ask how long the company has been in business.
  • The parasailing company you do business with should be licensed by both the state and city or county and exist in a well-established location.
  • The Parasail Safety Council recommends you ensure that the boat’s captain is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida parasailing accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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