Were you injured in a Jet Ski accident? Intoxication, inexperience, speeding, or other negligence may have been the cause and entitle you to compensation.

What are the causes of Jet Ski accidents and my right to compensation if an operator caused my injuries?

 

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jet ski accidentsRiding a personal watercraft (PWC), including Jet Skis, Sea Doos, and Wave Runners, is becoming an increasingly popular recreational activity in the warmer months in Washington State. While it can be exhilarating to ride the water on a personal watercraft, it can also be dangerous and lead to tragic injuries and deaths—to both operators and passengers. If you or a loved one was injured in a Jet Ski accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may be able to hold him accountable for compensating you for your injuries.

What Are the Leading Causes of Jet Ski Accidents?

PWC accidents are often caused by negligence either of the operator or a third party. These accidents can cause the victims to suffer long-term injuries, such as broken bones, concussions and traumatic brain injury, amputations, burns, spinal cord injuries, and death. Top causes of injury accidents include:

  • Inexperienced and untrained operators
  • Operator driving errors and failure to observe boating rules of the water
  • Distractions, such as cellphones or talking to passengers
  • Speeding
  • Reckless operation
  • Intoxication
  • Lack of proper protective equipment, such as life jackets
  • PWC design or manufacturing defects
  • Mechanical failure of the PWC

Tips for Preventing a Jet Ski Accident

If you and your family enjoy riding a Jet Ski, Sea Doo, Wave Runner, or other PWC, you can take steps to avoid being injured in a preventable accident. Some basic safety practices to follow include:

  • Wear a life jacket and other safety equipment like a wet suit and eye protection, at all times when riding.
  • Do not operate a PWC in less than two feet of water.
  • Check your equipment, fuel levels, and weather conditions before going out on the water.
  • Watch for obstacles in the water.
  • Look for traffic before making a turn.
  • Ride at a slow speed near the shore and drive defensively when you are in congested areas with other watercraft.
  • Attach the stop/start cord to your life jacket or wrist.
  • Never ride when intoxicated.

Your Right to Compensation Following an Accident

If an operator’s or other party’s negligence caused you to suffer injuries in a Jet Ski accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your expensive medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma from the accident and coping with your injuries. Our experienced boating accident attorneys can help you fight for the settlement you deserve. Learn about your legal options for recovery and our experience in these cases by calling our office to schedule your free case evaluation.