Top 3 Ways Tourists In Florida Are injured By Negligence
Thanks to a combination of warm, sunny, year-round weather and a massive conglomeration of amusement facilities, Florida is a top spot for tourism in the United States, not just for fellow Americans but for the rest of the world.
However, with so many tourists around the state throughout the year, that also means there’s a greater chance for them to be the victims of an injury through someone else’s negligence. Here are the three most common ways that negligence can turn a tourist into an accident victim.
Amusement Park/Resort Negligence
By far, one of the most common types of accidents for tourists is to sustain an injury while visiting one of the many resorts and amusement facilities that Florida is famous for. The amusement infrastructure of these facilities requires regular inspection and maintenance to ensure safe operation for visitors.
If this equipment is not given the inspection and maintenance they require, serious accidents can happen, such as roller coasters derailing from the track. Negligence on the part of staff to ensure safety, especially children, can also be included under this umbrella of legal accountability.
As with any other place on Earth, Florida is full of people driving, and having tourist status doesn’t confer some added layer of protection. In some cases, being a tourist may run the risk of increasing the chances of an accident. Some tourists come from regions like the United Kingdom where road travel and turning are done on the opposite sides of what Americans are used to.
This can mean that sometimes a tourist may get into a car accident because another tourist is confusing driving habits from another country. Of course, tourists may also fall victim to the same accidents that any local would as well, such as collisions due to another driver being distracted and checking the phone, or worse yet, driving while drunk.
Another common reason tourists may be injured through negligent means is when they participate in more extreme or sport-related activities. Water skiing, jet skiing, bungee jumping, and skydiving, for example, are all popular “extreme” activities in Florida. For vacationers, the allure of trying something new and extreme may be part of the reason for traveling in the first place.
Equipment maintenance is extremely important in these activities, and it is up to businesses to maintain rigorous safety standards. If a tourist is injured—or even dies—because a parachute did not open as it was supposed to, that is an act of negligence if the victim followed all directions and used it as intended.
The same is true for someone bungee jumping if the bungee cord snaps and breaks instead of snapping back. The accident victim could do nothing in this situation because it was up to the company to ensure the bungee cord would protect the victim from harm.
While tourists may be concerned about getting proper legal compensation when they’re not even a resident of Florida, the law is still here to help. Talk to an experienced tourist accident attorney about your next step, even if you’re not a citizen.