The Dangers of Ziplines
Imagine soaring through the trees, high above the forest floor, with the wind blowing across your face and through your hair. You don’t have to fly to experience this feeling. You just have to take a ride along a zipline course—a newly emerging form of outdoor activity. However, the Roanoke personal injury attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm explain that the number of injuries associated with ziplines has grown in recent years.
What are Ziplines?
Ziplines are cables hung high in the air between a set of platforms connected to trees or elevated poles. Zipline users then connect a harness to the cable, push off, and then slide along the cable system between platforms.
What are the Risks?
Experts say the number of injuries associated with ziplining has dramatically increased in recent years. In less than two decades, as many as 16,850 people have suffered injuries ziplining that required a visit to the emergency room. Reports from NBC News say the number of injuries reported annually rose by more than 50 percent between 2009 and 2012.
Most Common Injuries
While broken bones, cuts, and bruises are the most commonly reported injuries, more serious conditions—like traumatic brain injuries—have been reported in the past as well.
Can I be compensated for a zipline injury?
The laws regarding liability for injuries sustained while ziplining can be complicated, and it may wise to discuss your questions and rights with a qualified legal representative.