Florida is home to the Everglades, and if you keep going north up the center of the state you’ll find plenty of swamps, lakes, and forests teeming with wildlife. But not all of that wildlife is safe to be around: black bears roam the forests and both crocodiles and alligators call the wetlands of Florida home. And even if you stay clear of the wildlife, swamps and forests don’t exactly follow OSHA standards. So who is responsible for your safety if you’re injured on a tour of Florida’s natural beauty?
If you decide to march out into the wilderness with no guide and you blaze your own trail, then you are the only person responsible for your safety. Even if you’re wandering through a state or federal park or forest, the government has no responsibility for anything that happens to you when you leave the paved and patrolled trails behind. The fact that the wilderness is dangerous and unpredictable is commonly known, and by going into it either alone or in a group you’re implying that you can take care of your own safety.
For that matter, the government... read article