Jet Ski or Personal Watercraft Accidents: Who Is Responsible?
If you were seriously injured or a loved one died in a PWC accident you can file a claim against the driver of the boat, the tour operator, marina, water equipment rental company, or equipment manufacturer seeking to hold them liable for the injuries or death.
Some of the parties that might be held responsible for boating accidents include:
The jet ski operator. One of the biggest problems with personal watercraft is the operators’ search for a good time. They become so focused on what they are doing, spinning, jumping or just going fast, that they tune out everything and everyone else. The next thing they know they’re in front of another boat or have just run over somebody. Accident reports indicate that the PWC operator is most often at fault. A collision with a fixed or floating object almost always indicates an operator acting in a manner that could place others at risk. Responsibility for such accidents typically accrues to the operator of the vessel involved. In these instances, you would be able to sue the other operator for negligence.
The manufacturer of the jet ski. Product defects or malfunctions are other common causes of jet ski accidents. In recent years, manufacturers have faced claims for defects that pose a risk to other riders. Likewise, some accidents were due to the failure of the manufacturer to warn riders about the dangers of the product.
The rental company. Riders are required to sign indemnity waivers before they are allowed to use the jet skis. But still, rental companies can be held liable for damages if it can be proven that they failed to properly maintain their equipment or that they were negligent in allowing a person to operate the jet ski, for example, if the operator was clearly intoxicated.
If you were a victim of a jet ski accident, it's possible that you could receive damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning ability
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of consortium
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive, with the help of a lawyer, a bigger settlement from the insurance company. Call the caring accident attorney at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary in Miami, Florida today for a free consultation.