When it comes to making stunt videos for YouTube, there are numerous significant dangers to consider. Given the craze and obsession with “going viral”, it’s little surprise to see increasingly outlandish videos appearing online.
Whilst these can be extremely entertaining, they can also be incredibly dangerous. When you’re pushing the limits of health and safety, it doesn’t take much to cause serious injuries. From accidents on the road to slips, trips and falls, stunt video accidents can have far-reaching consequences.
What are the main dangers of making stunt videos for YouTube?
The number one dangers of making stunt videos for YouTube and other online platforms is the innate desire to show off. Viral videos are an increasingly competitive market. Each video needs to be more outrageous and attention-grabbing than the last.
This scramble for views inevitably leads to more and more risks being taken. Say there’s a video of someone standing at the top of a monstrously high building. Soon, there will be a video of someone else on a higher building, doing a headstand.
The one thing these videos have in common is a scant regard for safety. In the infamous “don’t look down” type of videos, there isn’t a helmet or safety harness in sight. Whilst this element of danger is part of what makes these videos so popular and notorious, it also makes them seriously dangerous.
Let’s look at road traffic accidents. Say you want to show off some BMX skills, or some death-defying driving stunts. They may look awesome on the final video, but if you have an accident on the road, you may not live to see them.
What the final uploads don’t show is the hours and hours of practice that went into the creation. Nor do they show the number of times the stunts went wrong. Accidents on film usually make their way into the infamous “fail” compilations eventually. You don’t need to watch those twice to wince in pain.
Making a claim
When making stunt videos, it’s not just your own safety you need to be aware of. If your reckless actions cause an accident that injures someone else, then you may be liable for an injury claim.
On the other hand, if you are the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you should consider making an injury claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 for more.
Date Published: March 13, 2017
Author: Accident Advice