Hurt in an accident involving a personal watercraft such as a Jet Ski or Sea-Doo?
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that there were 685 deaths resulting from watercraft accidents last year. In addition, they report approximately 3,600 injuries resulting from close to 5,200 personal watercraft accidents, with an estimated 54 million dollars spent in property damage claims.
A watercraft is an all-encompassing term that refers to a variety of vessels that float on the water. There are various types of vessels that are commonly used by boaters and water sports enthusiasts every day. The US Coast Guard defines a personal watercraft as a jet drive boat under 13′ in length. Apart from conventional boats, personal watercraft vehicles include:
- Jet Ski (recreational. motorcycle-like power, used for fast transport)
- Sea-Doos (recreational, motorcycle -like powered water craft)
- WaveRunner (recreational, motorcycle -like powered water craft)
- Other water scooters
- Jet boats
The most common reasons for these accidents include the following:
- Operator under the influence of alcohol
- Careless or reckless operation of the watercraft
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Careless passenger behavior
In most cases, the types of injuries caused by personal watercraft are severe and catastrophic and include spinal cord injury and/or paralysis, broken bones, brain damage, and wrongful death.
What to do next.
If you have been injured by a personal watercraft vehicle including a Sea-Doo (SeaDoo), Jet Ski, Wave-Runner or any other small jet boat, let the Jet Ski accident lawyers at the Rasansky Law Firm investigate your potential case. We will explore all potential responsible parties and get you every dollar you deserve for your Dallas accident case.
A person who does not know how to operate one of these types of vehicles has no business operating it – especially when in close proximity to another boat. However, ignorance is no defense when it comes to the personal injury or property damage of an innocent person.
It’s important to note that jet-ski accidents, wave runner accidents and watercraft accidents can be subject to both state and federal law. Deciphering the legal details of this type of case can be quite complex. In order to file a lawsuit, navigate the waters with an experienced Jet Ski accident lawyer that has handled watercraft accidents in the past. Contact us today!
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The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100, or toll-free at 1-877-405-4313.