Sadly, sometimes paragliding companies put profits before customer safety, putting lives in danger. What is supposed to be an exhilarating experience can quickly become a nightmare when something goes wrong. If you have suffered an injury in a paragliding accident, knowing your legal rights can provide financial relief and peace of mind. Our Miami injury lawyers will examine the specifics of your case and help you determine if you have a viable case.
The body of a 59-year-old man killed in a paragliding accident was recovered after he went down in Lake County. Law enforcement said they received a call some time after 7:00 a.m. when a witness described a small aircraft malfunctioning and spinning out of control prior to landing in Lake Beauclair. In other words, the paraglider spun out of control before crashing into the water. Aerial footage of the incident shows a rescue boat looking for the man, whose body was later found. There were two other gliders with the paraglider prior to the accident, but they landed in a safe manner on a golf course nearby. No other details were immediately available and the case is still being investigated.
Paragliding is a sport in which a person jumps out of an aircraft with a special parachute that allows him or her to travel a long horizontal distance before landing. Paragliding accidents are different from skydiving in that the former is not regulated at the federal, state or county level. Instead, individuals who want to paraglide rely on operators, instructors and others to guide them through the excursion. When these professionals fail to do their job properly, the consequences can be devastating.
Paragliding accidents can be caused by various factors such as operator negligence, faulty/worn equipment, adverse weather conditions and/or poor training. Operator negligence takes place when an operator fails to use reasonable care in running their paragliding business. Reasonable care, in this situation, is defined as how a reasonably competent paragliding operator would behave under the same or similar circumstances to run their business smoothly and minimize the risk of preventable injury. For example, some paragliding operators often operate in dangerous weather conditions. If a paragliding operator caused an accident because he or she continued to operate even though it was extremely windy – that operator would likely be considered negligent and on the hook for the resulting harm. This is because a reasonably competent paragliding operator would not allow the activity to take place on a windy day understanding the potential for an accident and bodily injury.
Paragliding accidents can lead to devastating, even fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a paragliding accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled and trustworthy Miami personal injury attorneys are committed to helping South Florida clients recover the compensation they need, and rightfully deserve, to move on with their life. Get in touch with us today to learn more about your legal options. You can reach us via phone at at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.