San Diego Watercraft Accident Attorneys
Lawsuit for Personal Watercraft Accident Injuries in San Diego
It can seem impossible to manage physical pain, emotional distress, and financial strain after being injured in a jet ski accident. Though jet skis are no more dangerous than any other watercraft, it is the way that people operate them that causes many injuries. If you or your loved one’s accident was caused by another’s recklessness, you may be able to hold them accountable and obtain compensation for the damages that you’ve suffered.
Taking legal action can be intimidating but you don’t have to go through this alone. Even if you decide not to file a claim or pursue a lawsuit, at least you can make an informed decision after learning more about your legal rights and options. The San Diego watercraft accident attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group are with our clients every step of the way as they assert the right to get their life back. Please call us for more information about how we can help.
PWC and Water Sports Safety Tips
Most accidents involving personal watercrafts and water sports are caused by the negligence of other boaters who operate their vessels aggressively or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or boaters who do not follow established safety protocols. Because you don’t have control over the actions of others, you may not be able to prevent every accident, but there are steps you can take to ensure that you are as safe and protected as possible while you are on the water. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Wear the appropriate safety gear, such as a life vest or wetsuit.
- Be aware of boats and other PWC riders around you.
- Steer away from any vessel that is being operated aggressively or erratically.
- Operate your PWC in appropriately designated waterways, away from non-wake zones.
- Do not participate in any water sports outside of designated areas or when there are an excessive number of vessels around.
- Make sure your PWC or water sport equipment is in proper working order.
Why Are Jet Ski Accidents So Common?
Operator errors can be deadly, because jet skis are designed to achieve speeds of more than 60 mph. This may result in a loss of stability and increased risk of flipping over.
However, one of the most compounding reasons for jet ski accidents is that they do not have a braking mechanism. Instead, the operator must keep the throttle down and actually accelerate to turn quickly and avoid hazards in the water.
Although, the natural tendency of most operators is to slow down when facing a hazard. Because this reduces the thrust from the jet nozzle, the operator often cannot turn the craft in time, resulting in a collision with another boat, a dock, a swimmer, or the shoreline.
Serious Injuries Are Common
The likelihood of suffering a serious injury, or not surviving at all, as the result of an accident is very high for people on PWCs such as Jet Skis, WaveRunners, or Sea-Doos, and people participating in water sports like water skiing or wakeboarding. Although PWC riders and others can wear protective gear, it is really not any match for the impact of a larger vessel. Even if a victim survives such a boating accident, he or she may be left with severe injuries that could result in permanent disability.
Jet ski riders have a high risk of being ejected and drowning. Research from the University of Florida shows that jet ski accidents cause greater injuries than other boating mishaps. The study found that patients sustain more closed-head injuries, trauma to the chest, and abdominal injury riding jet skis. Crashes with jet skiers often result in the following:
- Head injuries
- Nerve damage
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Facial lacerations
- Fractured extremities
All of these types of injuries tend to be serious and may induce unconsciousness, which could end in a drowning. What adds to this cycle is the fact that jet ski injuries are one of the least publicized dangers in the recreational boating industry. Hence, most people do not properly educate themselves on the correct way to operate a jet ski because they are unaware of the dangers.
San Diego Watercraft Accident Lawyers Helping You Focus on Recovery
It’s one thing to survive the actual accident, and another thing altogether to overcome the physical and emotional trauma, which can last for months, if not years. Although there is a lot on your mind and many things to take care of, it is important to focus on recovering from your injuries and getting the proper medical care and treatment.
Protect Your Rights
If you have been injured by another party while jet skiing, California law allows you to file a civil lawsuit to seek damages for personal injury. Contact an experienced San Diego boat accident attorney immediately at Jurewitz Law Group to learn about your rights and get the money compensation you need to cover your costs. Call us at (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020.
Holding Negligent Boaters Responsible
The risk of serious injury is high for any boating accident, but especially so for PWC or water sports accidents. In fact, the unfortunate reality is that PWC and water sports accidents are often fatal. But what can you do if you’ve been injured or you have lost a loved one in a PWC accident?
By bringing legal action against the negligent parties involved in your or your loved one’s accident you may be able to obtain the compensation you need to cover medical costs and other losses and damages resulting from the accident. Filing a lawsuit is the last thing you want to do while trying to heal after an accident, but with the help of one of the experienced San Diego accident attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group, you can get the legal support you need while still being able to focus on your own and/or your family’s recovery.
Personal Watercraft Accident Case Results
- Awarded: Confidential Six-Figure Settlement - Jet Ski Collision Results in Closed Head Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
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