Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a novice, there’s no better way to enjoy a summer’s day and unrivalled views of the British countryside than gliding high up in the air.
Hang-gliding is a popular sport, which involves soaring high up in the sky using specially made gliders, which are controlled and steered using the hands. Although hang-gliding is a relatively safe pursuit, there are risks involved and if you’re planning to take to the skies, it’s a good idea to be wary of potential dangers, from slips, trips and falls before you even get up in the air, to issues related to landing.
What are the dangers of hang-gliding?
Hang-gliding accidents are relatively uncommon, predominantly because there are very few other vehicles cruising around at 2,000 feet and hang-gliders travel at relatively low speeds compared to other aircraft, trains, cars and even bikes. Most people view hang-gliding as a relaxing activity, rather than something to kick-start the adrenaline. Despite the excellent safety record, there are risks involved whenever you take to the skies and most accidents occur during take-off and landing.
In June 2015, there were two incidents according to the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association; both incidents were associated with misjudged landings. The type and severity of injuries caused by hang gliding accidents varies according to the cause of the accident, how the pilot falls and how they land; injuries can range from minor cuts and bruising to severe life-threatening injuries, such as head and spinal injuries.
What to do if you suffer a hang-gliding accident
If you have been involved in a hang-gliding accident and you are well enough to seek assistance, alert the emergency services by calling 999 and wait for help to arrive. If you think you may have hurt your neck or back, try to remain as still as possible. If you see somebody crash, go over to them and be prepared to give first aid; call 999 and the operator will give you advice over the telephone. Check the pilot’s airways, breathing and circulation and try not to move them if you suspect they may have a spinal injury. Reassure them and keep them warm; stay with them until paramedics arrive.
Making a claim for a hang-gliding accident
If you have been involved in a public place accident or you sustained injuries in a public place and you believe that you were not at fault, gather as much information about the public place incident as possible and contact the expert personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline. If you can prove that you suffered slip or trip injuries or you were involved in an accident due to somebody else’s negligence, you could have a viable public liability claim.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice