Originally an adrenaline sport of the USA, white water rafting is becoming an increasingly popular pastime both in the UK and across the world.
As with all adrenaline-fuelled adventure pursuits, it is important to remember that white water rafting carries dangers and should only be undertaken by strong swimmers.
Where there’s water, slips, trips and falls occur, and with the speed and unpredictability of fast-paced rivers, various water-related sporting accidents do occur.
Common rafting accidents
The excitement associated with white water rafting does not come without risk of sporting injury. Over 50 people a year in the UK die because of rafting-related accidents, and there are many more that lead to injuries of various severity.
While slips and trips may just lead to bumps and bruises, the reality is that this sport can cause, for example, participants to be stranded in fast-paced waters after colliding with rocks.
Common rafting injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Trauma after striking an object on the raft
- Head and spinal injuries
- Traumatic stress injuries caused by the strength of the water current
- Sprains and strains
- Repetitive strain injury for keen white water rafters
Accidents in public: Placing blame
When you take part in active pursuits, sporting accidents do happen and often cannot be avoided, however, if you believe that you have sustained a sport-related injury that wasn’t your fault, you may want to claim personal injury compensation.
When using white water facilities or public places when rafting, the owner of the area or the organisation you are rafting with has a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety.
Should you experience an accident while rafting due to an issue with the organisation (for example inadequate induction or safety equipment) or the grounds, services or poor maintenance, this legal requirement may not have been met and a third party could be liable for any harm you have suffered.
Pursuing a claim for personal injury
When you are ready to pursue your claim, Accident Advice Helpline will manage your case. Their primary aim is to recover the personal injury compensation you are entitled to, whether you experienced a slip, a fall, or any other public accident while rafting.
While you recover from your accident in public and any sporting injuries it caused, you can recuperate safe in the knowledge that your claim is in expert hands. Accident Advice Helpline boasts years of experience in handling personal injury claims.
Call today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice