Florida has some of the best parasailing in the world. Gorgeous beaches and fantastic weather mean parasail companies can take visitors and locals out for parasailing trips year-round. Parasailing is a beautiful way to take in Florida’s one-of-a-kind waters, but it’s not without risks. Accident rates are high for parasailing. There have been more than 1,200 in Florida over the past 30 years, yet there were no official regulations for tour operators promoting the sport until late last year.
As of October 14th, revised maritime safety laws include the parasailing business. Under Florida Statute 327, all parasailing operators are required to follow new safety standards. The statute requires operators to document weather conditions before commencing a trip; limits the time and location where parasailing tours can be held; requires operators to bring observers on parasailing trips to monitor conditions; mandates liability insurance; and requires operators to obtain a license from the U.S. Coast Guard.
While overall parasailing is a fun and safe activity, there have been some horrific accidents in recent years. In a high-profile case in 2014, two teens suffered serious injuries that will affect them for life, and received a sizeable settlement.
If you have been injured in a parasailing accident, Statute 327 entitles you to benefits. Contact attorney James O. Cunningham for a consultation on how you can proceed if you have been injured. With more than 30 years of experience in personal injury law, the Offices of James O. Cunningham are well versed in helping those injured in personal accidents of all kinds, and are ready to help you understand the new statute for parasailing. Call 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) today to schedule your free initial consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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