Riding a hovercraft is one of the most exhilarating activities there is and is extremely popular with stag dos and young men looking for a fun activity to mark the end of bachelorhood, but hovercrafts also pose serious dangers and it’s important to take all precautions to avoid any serious accidents, as using a hovercraft can have as many serious consequences as a road traffic accident. Here, Accident Advice Helpline publishes a handy guide on hovercrafts and their related accidents.
How do hovercrafts operate?
Hovercrafts use two engines, one to propel the craft itself and a secondary engine to keep a large cushion of air inflated beneath the craft. This cushion of air allows the craft to ‘hover’ over any surfaces, and can be used on both water and land. Hovercrafts are often employed to deal with incidents where an amphibious vehicle is required, possibly to traverse marshland. They can be an extremely useful vehicle but also an extremely dangerous vehicle.
What are the dangers of a hovercraft?
Hovercrafts travel at speed, often across rough terrain with little or no safety restraints for the operator. In the event of a crash, an operator of a hovercraft can suffer severe injuries, potentially even fatal.
Make sure to make use of any safety briefings before using a hovercraft and understand the controls. It is imperative that you wear protective clothing when using a hovercraft, and a helmet is essential as head injuries are a common form of injury associated with hovercrafts.
A sudden loss of air pressure in the air cushion surrounding the hovercraft can cause the operator to be violently ejected without warning, and can cause serious neck and head injuries. Whilst operating a hovercraft, operators are normally in a prone position for an extended period of time, it’s important to wear knee pads to ensure you remain comfortable.
Using a hovercraft requires the use of your body weight to help with steering and can exacerbate any existing back or shoulder injuries you might have.
If you are considering a hovercrafting day, Accident Advice Helpline hopes you have a pleasant and accident free experience. If you’ve been injured as the result of a hovercraft accident within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, however, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. All claims are made on a 100% per cent no-win, no-fee* basis.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown