Personal Watercraft & Jet Ski Accidents
Our Florida personal watercraft and Jet Ski injury lawyers have significant experience representing accident victims. Florida has more boating accidents than any other state. Personal watercraft and Jet Ski accidents are most commonly caused by speeding, failing to look ahead, minimal instruction on how to properly operate the craft, misunderstanding sea conditions, alcohol or drug use and not following safety laws. Since Personal Watercraft and Jet Ski riders are so close to the water and generally exposed, they are extremely vulnerable to injury or death during an accident. This is why it is so important for riders to understand boating laws, take boating courses, wear highly visible clothing, operate at a safe speed, not ride in heavy seas, not ride with a drunken operator, and above all, wear a life jacket.
Most accident victims rent personal watercrafts or Jet Skis from concessionaires while on vacation. Many of these concessionaires give little or no instructions to renters before letting them drive away. This deprives riders of the necessary knowledge on how to act properly in an emergency situation. Such negligent entrustment is a significant cause of personal watercrafts and Jet Ski accidents in Florida. Often times these concessionaries attempt to avoid liability by invoking a little known Federal statute called the Ship Owners’ Limitation of Liability Act. Our lawyers are very familiar with these tactics and have been successful in convincing a court not to apply the Act.
Our Firm’s Florida Board Certified Maritime Lawyers understand personal watercraft and Jet Ski litigation and routinely handle personal watercraft and Jet Ski accidents involving:
- Unsafe operation
- Negligent Supervision & Entrustment
- Drugs & Alcohol
Compensation for injuries involving personal watercraft and Jet Ski accidents varies. However, typical damages are for pain and suffering, payment of medical bills, and lost wages while recuperating. If the injuries are very serious, additional damages such as future pain and suffering, future medical expenses and future lost wages can be obtained. Each case is different and we recommend you contact an attorney experienced with personal watercraft and Jet Ski accidents to advise you of your rights.
The Florida personal watercraft and Jet Ski accident lawyers of the law firm of Brais Law Firm have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. To reach our lawyers you may click email the firm, call 800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype BraisLaw worldwide or click Contact Us to select and complete a form for a free evaluation of your case.