Royal Caribbean Flowrider Accidents
You can Sue for FlowRider Accidents
The FlowRider, one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines most popular on-board activities, is a “surfing simulator” – riders can enjoy machine made waves while surfing or boogie boarding. It can be an enjoyable activity for a passenger longing to ‘ride the waves’ or experience the thrill of surfing if they’ve never done it before. And crowds love it – other passengers gather around to see the surfing and the inevitable falls.
The Royal Caribbean FlowRider is ‘must-see’ – like watching NASCAR races to see the collisions and wrecks. Other passengers crowd around the machine know that they’re likely to see people falling, often with much gusto. The entertainment level is high. And while the ride certainly can be exciting for many passengers who attempt it, there is a substantial risk of getting hurt in a FlowRider accident.
Were you hurt while riding the FlowRider?
In fact, there have been many documented cases of both minor and major passenger injuries – cuts, broken wrists and ankles, head trauma and concussions, ripped toe nails and more. There was even on death attributed to the FlowRider on a Royal Caribbean cruise when a passenger fell, breaking his neck and died.
If you were hurt during a FlowRider session and believe the supervising crewmembers or Royal Caribbean were negligent in any way, you should talk to a FlowRider accident lawyer.
A free phone call with an attorney can help you understand if you do – or don’t – have a case. But don’t wait. Injury claims on Royal Caribbean need to be filed with the cruise line within 6 months of the accident.
Royal Caribbean Could be LIable for your injuries
Be Compensated By Royal Caribbean After Your FlowRider Accident For:
- Hospital visits, surgery and doctor bills
- Prescriptions and medications
- Physical therapy and rehab
- Lost pay and wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of future earnings
- Long-term or lifelong disability
Call today for a free injury claim assessment at 1-305-271-8282.
Is the FlowRider Dangerous or Safe for Passengers?
None of those sound enjoyable if you or your children are on a cruise vacation, yet Royal Caribbean markets the FlowRider as perfectly safe if riders stay within their limitations of surfing experience.
As stated on the Royal Caribbean website, “only Royal Caribbean gives you the chance to catch a wave right onboard. Grab a board and hang ten on our 40-foot-long surf simulator, or cheer on friends from stadium seating with prime wipeout views.”
Obviously, most passengers have very little – if any – surfing experience. Passengers who have posted their experiences on website forums and social media about riding the FlowRider will tell you that very little instruction is given before you’re allowed onto the surfboard or body board.
To go from zero experience surfing to trying to ride a fast moving, machine created wave is very likely to end up with the result of a nasty fall – a fall that could lead to a passenger being hurt.
Is the FlowRider safe for passengers? There are certainly some inherent dangers of a machine that produces waves. People will fall. Sometimes those falls will lead to injuries. And the reality is that many of these accidents are quite serious and can lead to permanent injury with lifelong consequences.
The concern our attorneys have regarding injuries are this: was the injury a simple accident or was there a reason for the injury?
Did the ride malfunction? Were instructors or crew members not present or not doing their job correctly? Was the surfboard or boogie board broken or improperly maintained? There could be any number of reasons why a FlowRider accident occurred, many of which could be related to negligence on part of the cruise line or its employees.
Passengers are asked to sign an Onboard Activities Waiver before riding the FlowRider. This is Royal Caribbean’s approach to getting the passenger to accept any risk of accident as their own responsibility – and we don’t believe they are always valid.
What Happens If I Was In A Serious FlowRider Accident?
If you were hurt in a FlowRider accident, you should first seek medical attention for your injuries. Beyond that, it’s important to document the accident. The crew should write up an accident report. But importantly, writing down details from your perspective is very important. Be sure to write down why you think the accident happened, who was present, what injuries you sustained and the names and contact information of any witnesses.
If you believe the accident occurred because the cruise line or the crew members did something wrong – or something was wrong with the FlowRider – it would be a good idea to speak with a lawyer. Even minor injuries could lead to hospital visits, medical bills and lost time at work. If the cruise line was responsible for your injury, you may have the ability to file an injury claim or sue the cruise line. Speaking with a lawyer can help you determine whether your FlowRider accident claim is valid. They can explain to you what the ‘next steps’ are and how you should proceed if filing an injury claim.
What If I Signed The Royal Caribbean Liability Waiver?
Royal Caribbean will require you to sign their liability waiver prior to participating in some shipboard activities, including the FlowRider. Because all injury claims are different, it’s important to note that the waiver may or may not be valid depending on the details of your accident. It’s best to speak with an injury lawyer who has specific experience with FlowRider or Royal Caribbean lawsuits. Our attorneys can help you understand what happens if you did sign the waiver and how that may impact your case if you plan to file an injury claim.
Suing The Cruise Line After A FlowRider Surfing Accident
If your accident resulted in a serious injury, you may have the ability to sue Royal Caribbean. The first step is to give our office a call or fill out a free case review contact form here.
Cruise Ship Lawyers for FlowRider Accidents
If you were hurt in a cruise ship accident – whether on a FlowRider Machine or in some other way – and need help getting compensation for your injuries, you need a law firm with 35 years of proven success representing thousands of passengers who have been seriously injured, hurt or medically impaired in accidents while on a cruise vacation.
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