Just how safe are rides in hot air balloons? NBC Bay Area just undertook an investigation to determine whether enough is being done to keep you safe if you decide to take a ride. The frequency of hot air balloon rides in wine county is currently peaking. In fact, as the result of a great year round climate, Napa and Sonoma counties have the highest concentration of commercial hot balloon operators in the country. This translates into the potential for serious personal injuries.
The hot air balloon investigation revealed that since 1964, 1350 people have been injured. Of these, 537 were considered serious personal injuries. Further, another 73 fatalities occurred during that same time frame and 4 of these fatalities occurred in the greater Bay Area. Although this number is low, it still raises some concern.
Of the hot air balloon incidents, pilot error or bad judgment was the most common reason cited for causing an accident. Additionally, wind and weather changes contributed to more than half of the balloon ride failures. If you have been hurt while on a hot air balloon ride or enjoying any other recreational activity, it's important to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney.
For more information about hot air balloon safety, or if you or a loved one has been injured while engaging in a similar sight-seeing activity, contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer at the Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.