Scuba diving has been marketed to the public in recent years as a safe recreational activity. In general, the scuba diving industry polices itself, without oversight from most states or the federal government. Instead, the responsibility is on divers and the trainers to ensure that divers are ready to go underwater.A recent rash of deaths at one East Coast diving facility has highlighted the dangers that divers face. It’s been estimated that the annual fatality rate for divers is 16.4 per 100,000. There are about three million divers in the United States.
Despite what many in the industry say, diving is a very risky sport. Because there is no federal oversight of the diving industry, what it takes to get certified as a diver depends a great deal on where you go for your training. In many places, the training lasts six to eight weeks with 16 hours of classroom work and 16 hours in the pool. However, some training agencies offer certification in one weekend. It’s important that divers know that diving is very dangerous if the rules aren’t followed, but many trainers are afraid to say that for fear of scaring off potential customers.
According to diving experts, deaths can be caused by a number of factors, including running out of air, entrapment or entanglement, equipment misuse, rough water, emergency ascent, and buoyancy control. These deaths are normally related to panicking, medical problems, complacency, or failing to follow the sport’s number one rule: always dive with a buddy. In some situations, a diver’s death can be caused by a third party. An equipment manufacturer may have made faulty equipment or a diving instructor may have failed to follow safety rules. In those situations, the party at fault may be legally liable for damages.
If your loved one has been harmed in a diving accident that you blame on someone else’s negligence, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case. You can also reach out to us on Twitter to learn more.