There is no better way to spend your summer days than by spending them outdoors and enjoying the warm weather while it lasts. While some will gather at a local community pool and others will go to the beach, one popular place many also enjoy visiting are waterfalls. North Carolina is home to several waterfalls and while they are exciting places to visit, they can also be very dangerous. In fact, at Rainbow Falls in Nantahala National Forest, two people have already died this summer.
According to ABC 13 News, John Shaffer, 42, died after he jumped into the water to save his dog. His dog’s body was never found.  H’Money Sui, 16, died after she went into the water to save her 11-year-old sister. While her sister did survive, Sui did not. The news outlet also shared the story of one woman who nearly died about two years ago on at a waterfall in Jackson County [Source: ABC 13 News]. Sierra Rice says that “she’s lucky to be alive” after she went with friends to cliff jump into the water at Paradise Falls. Rice told the source that she and her friends had been climbing up the cliff at the waterfall when she fell. Rice went down about 25 feet and fell onto a rock. She said that she was stuck in a place that was “very hard for paramedics and first responders to get to.”
Rice recalled that she was stuck in this “pit for seven hours before a Black Hawk could rescue her.” After being rescued, Rice was flown by a Mission air ambulance to Asheville where she was told how lucky she was to have survived. One doctor at Mission Hospital said that among all those who are transported to the hospital, 13% do not survive. And according to local rescuers, “most survivors of waterfall accidents are left with permanent disabilities.” Rice was left with a broken back and it took nearly four months for her to recover from just one broken vertebra.
Because Rice survived, she is now urging “people to use better judgement than she did to prevent additional tragedies.” Park rangers are also working to help notify waterfall visitors of the dangers associated with going into the water. Because of the numerous deaths and injuries sustained at Rainbow Falls and others, park rangers are putting up signs that are more direct and help send the message that these waterfalls are, in fact, dangerous. One sign read, “In Transylvania County alone, dozens have died and hundreds have been injured due to carelessness in and around our waterfalls.” The truth is, the rocks are slippery at these waterfalls and unless there is a defined trail that can take you to the top of it, you are going to want to avoid trying to climb it at all costs.
If you sustained an injury at a place that is managed by the city of Asheville or the state of NC, contact an accident lawyer in Asheville who can help determine if you have a legitimate case on your hands.
While many of the individuals who have been injured or killed at NC waterfalls aren’t permitted to take any sort of legal action simply because they ignored the warning signs that informed them of the dangers the waterfalls presented, there are times when a victim can take action if they weren’t properly warned. And if you recently engaged in an accident at a waterfall, park, or any other place that is owned and operated by the city of Asheville or the state of NC, you are going to want to consult with an accident lawyer. Our accident attorneys in Asheville, NC can review the details of your incident and determine if there are any parties who can be held accountable for your unfortunate accident.
 
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