Extreme sports accident claims

Adventure sports and extreme sports such as climbing, abseiling, diving, kayaking and jet skiing have enjoyed a huge surge in popularity, particularly during the past two decades.

Whether they are pursued competitively or non-competitively, adventure sports are frequently being accessed by people with no previous experience – perhaps as a one-off leisure activity on a holiday abroad. In this scenario, the initial safety briefing might be the only opportunity to make you aware of the potential risks involved.

Because of the nature of extreme sports, the safety of participants can be completely dependent upon the equipment which is being used. If the activity is being provided by an activity organiser or tour operator, it may not be possible to check the safety equipment. Even if you are able to do so, the specialist nature of these sports could mean you would not know how to sufficiently conduct the required safety checks.

Despite the obvious risk of injury that the extreme sports carry, the operator in charge of the activity has a responsibility to take precautions that will minimise the risk of accidents for everyone involved. If this responsibility is breached and an injury or fatality occurs, it may be possible to claim compensation – especially if it was as a result of an inadequate risk assessment or faulty equipment.

If this has happened to you or a loved one, please get in touch and one of our extreme sports accident solicitors will review the circumstances of your case and advise you, at no cost, whether to pursue a claim.

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What are extreme sports?

An extreme sport is any type of sport which features real or perceived dangers and involve elements of increased risk either because of high speed, height or a high level of physical exertion by the participant.

Often taking place in remote locations and with variable environmental conditions (weather and/or terrain), there may be little or no access to medical care.

Highly-specialised equipment is usually required to take part as this offers essential protection from severe or fatal injuries.

Extreme sports include:

  • Alpine skiing
  • All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) racing
  • BASE jumping
  • BMX Motorcross
  • Bungee jumping
  • Extreme hiking
  • Free diving
  • Hang-gliding
  • In-line skating
  • Kayaking
  • Kite surfing
  • Motocross sports
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Skateboarding
  • Skydiving
  • Snowboarding
  • Surfing
  • Ultra-endurance races
  • Whitewater canoeing
  • Wind surfing

What kind of extreme sports accident could I claim for?

Whilst some injures are an acceptable associated risk of taking part in adventure and extreme sports, you should not expect to suffer an injury because of someone else’s negligence

For example, a climber who falls because the route selected by the organiser is inherently unsafe or clearly beyond the capability of the climber, or who falls because of inadequate safety equipment, would be entitled to pursue a compensation claim for their injuries and consequential losses.

The same principles which apply to organised adventure sports also apply to leisure activities like paintballing and go-karting. This is because the participant might not have any aptitude for the activity, with the onus on the organiser to train or instruct them properly and provide the correct equipment for the activity.

Make an adventure sports accident claim now

You don’t have to be a thrill-seeker to make an extreme accident injury claim. You may have been injured when taking part as a one-off leisure activity on a holiday abroad. Or you might have been involved in an accident when participating in an activity as part of a corporate event or staff training day at work.

If you’ve suffered as the result of someone else’s negligence, our team of experienced personal injury solicitors will make sure you get the best rehabilitation possible and aim to secure the justice you deserve.

Enlist our expertise and get in touch, we promise to take care of everything so you can focus on your recovery.