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Parasailing Accident Victims Have Various Options to Claim Compensation

Steve Wagner

On July 1, two Indiana teenagers suffered serious injuries when parasailing in Florida. The cable connecting the harness snapped, causing the parasailers to crash into a nearby condo building, falling through power lines, and landing atop some parked vehicles. One girl suffered from severe head trauma and multiple lacerations, and she remained in intensive care until recently. The other suffered from severe back injuries and was moved to an Indianapolis rehabilitation facility. The duo are still recovering from their injuries.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s preliminary investigation into the incident reveals that severe weather conditions, and the boat being too far from shore caused the accident. The rope of the parasail broke when the boat was 300 yards from shore.

Only two states, Virginia and New Jersey, regulate parasailing. In Florida, Indiana and elsewhere, parasailing comes under the Federal Law by the United States Coast Guard. Accidents of a similar nature are common place everywhere, and victims have the following general options:

  • File a product liability lawsuit against the cable manufacturer, as it is the snapping of the cable connecting the harness that caused the accident in the first place.
  • File a personal injury lawsuit against the state, for lack of regulations or prescribing specific weather parameters for safe parasail operations.

The success of such lawsuits would depend on the results of the investigations surrounding the incident, eyewitness reports, and precedents in similar cases. In this case, the U.S. Coast Guard has already taken the assistance of the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct operational load testing of the parasailing equipment to determine whether faulty equipment could have caused the accident. The results of detailed analysis and testing of the parasail line are awaited.

Wagner Reese has a team of skilled and experienced Indiana injury attorneys who will consider various possibilities and decide on the best course of action whether it be product liability, negligence lawsuit, or anything else. What’s more, our Indiana injury attorneys are also adept at collecting data from various sources to strengthen the case. Contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free evaluation of your personal injury case. We do not charge any money upfront.


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