Jet Ski Accident Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
For most of us, summertime means recreation and enjoying the weather. Americans like to enjoy their recreation time playing sports, boating, riding Jet Skis, going on vacations and engaging in other leisure activities. The unfortunate reality is that accidents are an increasing consequence of this. If you or a family member has been involved in an accident, including a jet skiing accident, you can face years of medical bills, pain and suffering.
Jet Skis are a popular and relatively inexpensive way to enjoy water. Jet Skis, also called personal watercraft (PWC), are very enjoyable forms of entertainment and sport for many people. They are small, maneuverable, fast, and seemingly simple to use. Jet Skis are different from conventional boats in terms of design, operation and use. Their shallow draft design allows them to be operated at high speeds in shallow waters and close to shore. Regular Jet Skis are capable of speeds exceeding 65 mph. Jet Ski riders can weave between vessels, jump waves, spin doughnuts, etc. During the summer months, you can see many Jet Ski riders flying across lakes, rivers and oceans. Unfortunately, a fun day on the water can quickly turn tragic and many people suffer injuries in Jet Ski collisions every year across the country.
Jet Skis are not any more dangerous than any other watercraft, however, many problems arise due to a variety of reasons. Jet Ski riders are rarely themselves responsible for causing the collisions. Most of the time, other factors contribute to a Jet Ski accident. Statistically, Jet Ski accidents cause far more serious injury than other boating accidents. Jet Ski crash victims may sustain closed-head injuries, trauma to the chest and abdominal injury riding jet skis. The majority of Jet Ski accidents occur when two or more Jet Skis collide and when riders strike an object or a person with their Jet Skis. Riders are usually ejected from the vehicle during a collision and victims are more susceptible to hitting the obstacle or other boat involved in the collision. Jet Ski crashes are somewhat similar to motorcycles accidents in terms of injuries sustained by riders.
Jet Ski Accidents
According to one study, more than 6,000 personal watercraft accidents occur annually, resulting in 2,500 serious injuries and more than 70 deaths. Jet skis alone are involved in more than half of boating collisions each year and approximately one-third of overall boating accidents. Given the speeds Jet Skis can reach and the rider's relative lack of protection, Jet Ski collisions can result in serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue injuries, broken bones, and even death. Collisions are not the only way in which Jet Ski drivers may become injured while zipping through lakes, rivers and the ocean. Defective equipment may cause injuries just as severe, including carbon monoxide poisoning, burns, amputations and other bodily harm. In cases of defective equipment, fault my rest on the rental company who supplied the damaged or substandard Jet Ski, or on the manufacturer who sold a defective or poorly designed product.
A personal watercraft is a motorboat under the law. It must be registered, and must abide by all the rules that other boats must follow. Riders are required to carry safety equipment that includes life preservers and fire extinguishers. In addition, Jet Ski operators must have proper training and skills to ride them safely. Many reported Jet Ski crashes, however, involve Jet Skis driven by children as young as 9 years old. If the watercraft is rented, rental companies may be responsible if they rented Jet Skis to children knowing that they are unable to operate it safely and lack proper skill and training. When a person rents Jet Skis, a rental company may require that a renter watch a safety video describing what proper measures must be taken to avoid collisions. However, letting a renter watch a safety video rarely shields a rental company from liability, especially of the rental company was negligent in renting the watercraft to a visibly intoxicated person, a child, or if the Jet Ski was defective or malfunctioning.
If you have been injured in a Jet Ski collision, and you believe someone else to be responsible for causing it, you should speak with our experienced Jet Ski crash lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm. We have helped countless victims recover compensation for their injuries. We have also achieved high settlements and jury verdicts in wrongful death cases brought by the families of Jet Ski riders who died due to negligence of others. The Lassen Law Firm has been successful in recovering $498,000 for a 19-year-old girl whose leg and hip were crushed when her Jet Ski was struck by another Jet Ski driven by a drunk operator who was spinning around and spraying water, causing him to lose sight of the girl's Jet Ski and running into her leg. The Lassen Law Firm will fight for your right to receive the full and fair compensation available to you under the law.
Personal Injury Lawyer Pennsylvania
Jet Skis, highly maneuverable and fast motorcycles for the water, can provide fun and good times when used safely. One of the reasons for their popularity is that they are much less expensive than boats. Although jet skiing can be fun, it presents a high risk of injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Jet Ski crash, collision or any type of watercraft accident, compensation in the form of financial recovery may be available. An experienced Jet Ski collision lawyer can help investigate the cause of the accident, the parties responsible for the injuries and the manner in which to proceed to ensure the optimal financial recovery is received. Call the Lassen Law Firm, Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers, to see how we can help.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen