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JET SKI ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS IN SAN DIEGO
Jet Skis (also known by their actual name, personal watercraft) are a feature on California beaches. They’re everywhere in movies and television depicting beach life and look like a great time. The truth is, they are a lot of fun, but they are not without their dangers. Most people need to gain experience or training to operate a jet ski, as these watercraft can reach 60mph or more. That power combined with no brakes can be a bad combination.
If you or a loved one are injured or killed in a personal watercraft accident, our law firm is here to help. The skilled jet ski accident lawyers of Mova Law Group will help you recover financial compensation for damages. We will support you throughout the personal injury claim to a satisfactory settlement. We can discuss your jet ski injuries and legal options at a free consultation. Contact us through this website or call (858) 900-9911 to arrange this meeting.
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What are Jet Skis?
Jet Ski is the name given to personal watercraft (PWC) by one brand. Sea-doos and Waverunners are other names you’ve probably heard, and they belong to PWCs made by competitors. These terms can be interchangeable, and the watercraft are very similar.
Personal watercraft accidents rarely end well for the Jet Ski operator. On a Jet Ski, you are not protected by any safety features, much like in a motorcycle accident. Jet Skis are easier to rent and drive without instruction than motorcycles, and you do not need a license to ride one. Children as young as 12 may operate these watercraft so long as an adult supervises them.
The number of registered personal watercraft in California goes up yearly, but unfortunately, so does the number of boating accidents in which they played a part. Jet skis made up 22% of boating accidents in 2020. According to a report by the U.S. Coast Guard, there were 66 deaths and 962 incidents with reported injuries from Jet Ski accidents. Most of these events were collisions, and most of those crashes involved other jet skiers. If you or a family member were injured or a fatality occurred from a boating accident involving Jet Skis, our expert personal injury lawyers can help you prove a third party’s liability.
Common Causes of California Personal Watercraft Accidents
The purchase and registration of Jet Skis increased during the pandemic, so you can expect to see these vehicles everywhere when you’re at a beach.
There are three leading causes of Jet Ski accidents causing severe injury or death.
Failure to pay attention was the leading cause of all boating accidents in 2020. Beaches and marinas are busy places. There are possible hazards all over the place, and some of these hazard lie below the water’s surface. A Jet Ski could contact debris, a dock, floating markers, swimmers, another boat, or PWC.
If the distracted operator of the Jet Ski is going at high speeds, there is little to no time to correct their machine if something appears in their way. Jet Skis have no brakes, so the only option is to try to maneuver out of the way.
Waves created by boats and PWC moving at high speeds can cause nearby Jet Skis to tip. Even in recreational boating, being alert to your surroundings is a must.
If your Jet Ski accident happened because of a boater’s lack of attention or a distracted fellow rider, we will help you prove negligence on their part. Our Jet Ski accident attorneys will help you gather evidence for your personal injury case.
Jet Skis are popular rentals; you do not need a license or training to operate one. As mentioned earlier, you don’t even have to be an adult to use these water sports vehicles. With prior knowledge, you might know that you cannot brake or how to avoid boating accidents best. However, rarely have people taken training to know these facts prior to getting on the water. You may be more likely to be reckless and pull stunts on your PWC (this is against the law) and ride the waves at dangerously high speeds.
Inexperienced Jet skiers make the waters unsafe for everyone and should be held accountable. If another PWC operator who was behaving recklessly or illegally harmed you, a boating accident lawyer from Mova Law Group would love to represent you. You may also file a personal injury claim against the rental company that loaned the craft to a novice, or against the parents of an unsupervised minor if you can demonstrate they were negligent.
Recreational boating and Jet Skiing is a popular pastime, and especially for vacationers, it’s a time to let loose and unwind with drinks on the water. It is against California law to operate a boat or watercraft under the influence of any substance, but it’s undeniable this occurs. Alcohol plus inexperience means lowered reaction time, which is very dangerous at high speeds. Intoxication of a vessel or Jet Ski operator is another top cause of water vehicle accidents.
If you were involved in a Jet Ski accident where the operator of your or another watercraft was intoxicated, you may file a personal injury claim against them. You may sometimes file a lawsuit against those who provided the operator with alcohol. Using a PWC while consuming alcohol demonstrates negligence, so the liability is not hard to prove. Our top-ranking personal injury attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses.
Who is Liable for a Jet Ski Accident?
There are a few options to consider when finding negligence in your personal injury case. Our skilled personal watercraft accident attorneys will review the evidence to determine if one or more of the following may be responsible for at least some of your injuries.
Third-party operator – This individual can be an inexperienced operator, a distracted boat operator, an intoxicated Jet Ski rider, or a minor left without supervision.
Rental companies – Personal watercraft must be looked after to prevent wear and tear. Regular maintenance is a must, and safety equipment like life jackets is mandatory. Finally, the rental company may be negligent in allowing a novice to rent the watercraft without adequate training.
Jet Ski manufacturer – In some cases, the personal watercraft may malfunction thanks to a product defect. Safety lanyards come automatically on newer models of PWC and are retrofitted onto older ones. If your Jet Ski now fails to stop or turn around if you fall off, that could speak to a product issue.
Contact our offices to set up a consult, and we can provide legal advice on how to proceed best with your claim. You are under no obligation, and the case review is free! Our expert Jet Ski accident lawyers are here to help you.
What Our Experienced Jet Ski Accident Attorneys Will Do For You
- We Will Ensure Your Personal Health Is Taken Care Of.
- We Will Ensure You And Your Property Damage Is Reimbursed For Free.
- We Will Connect You With Top Rated Doctors For Treatment.
Jet Ski Accidents can come at a cost, but you shouldn’t be fighting the insurance companies for something that was not your fault!
Mova Law Group is Here to Help With Jet Ski Accidents
Part of the fun of Jet Skis is their combination of maneuverability and speed on the water. Still, it’s this mix that makes jet ski crashes so dangerous. Much like a motorcyclist in a car accident, the rider of the PWC has no protection in a collision. Of the 66 fatalities in Jet Ski accidents in 2020, less than 20% were from drowning, so serious injury resulting in death would make up the rest of that grim statistic.
A lucky accident survivor may come out of a crash with cuts and bruises. Other possible injuries you could experience include:
- Broken bones.
- Brain injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries and potential paralysis.
- Internal damage to organs.
Failure to wear lifejackets while operating a Jet Ski can contribute to drowning accidents. It is negligence for any rental company to provide a PWC without a life jacket. It is against the law to go without one.
Our San Diego Jet Ski accident attorneys have experience handling personal injury cases. We can estimate the cost of your injuries between now and recovery and use this to put together a settlement amount for your damages. We also have connections to top medical professionals to help you get the necessary treatment for your injuries.
Expert Jet Ski Accident Lawyers On Your Side
The damages you suffered in your accident are impossible to recover fully. Of course, every personal injury case is unique. Our skilled attorneys will submit a personalized estimate for your approval at our free case evaluation. We consider both economic and non-economic damages involved.
Some economic losses you may face in the aftermath of a Jet Ski accident are:
- Medical expenses (for past and future bills).
- Recovery and therapy costs.
- Home and transportation modifications for reduced mobility.
- Prosthetic limbs.
- Pain and suffering.
- Wrongful death, in which case there may be the following to consider:
- Funeral and burial costs.
- Lost income for the household.
- Loss of a spouse.
We also include non-economic damages in our negotiations because we know those are equally important. These can include:
- Emotional distress.
- Mental anguish.
- Loss of quality of life.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Loss of companionship.
A Jet Ski accident can change your life forever. Let the skilled personal injury attorneys of Mova Law Group handle your case against insurance companies, and you can focus on your recovery. Our legal team are excellent negotiators and skilled trial lawyers, so we assure you we will only rest when we resolve your claim.
We know that your budget may be tight with medical bills, so our law firm only takes Jet Ski accident claims on a contingency fee basis. This plan means you wait to pay until we get you a satisfactory settlement.
Contact our office today for a free case evaluation and more information on how our Jet Ski accident lawyers can help you. You can reach us through this website or call our 24/7 line at (858) 900-9911.
Chris Mova is an award-winning Jet Ski accident lawyer in San Diego, California. His law firm of Mova Law Group fights for you against the big insurance companies. Chris knows the value of listening to each client’s unique experience, and his team of personal injury attorneys was hand-picked because they feel the same way. He is committed to getting you justice and fair treatment when you need it most. Learn more about Chris.