California is home to a large number of personal watercrafts in the nation. According to the California Department of Waterways, of the 805 vessels involved in accidents in 2010, 124 were personal watercraft. These types of accidents can cause more serious injuries than other boat accidents due to personal watercraft's open design and the higher speeds they are operated at. The only protection that riders have in the event of a mishap are their life jackets and the onboard safety systems. Riders should make sure to wear the appropriate life vests, wetsuits, and to ensure that all the safety systems are properly maintained.
If you were injured in a personal watercraft accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The California personal watercraft accident attorneys at our firm can help you determine your legal options and work to recover the maximum compensation you are owed. We have successfully secured millions of dollars on behalf of injured individuals in Bakersfield, Fresno, and throughout the state.
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How Do Personal Watercraft Accidents Occur?
According to the US Coast Guard, the top three causes of personal watercraft collisions are:
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
A major cause of jet skiing accidents, in particular, is operator inexperience, as well as unfamiliarity with the steering and handling characteristics. Wave Runners, Jet Skis, and Sea-Doos all use jet propulsion to steer but instinctively, most novice operators will release the throttle in emergency situations making it difficult to steer. Allowing an inexperienced or underage person to drive a personal watercraft may expose an owner to a claim for negligent entrustment. In cases of defective watercraft/parts, the manufacturer may also be liable for product liability.
Injuries Resulting from Personal Watercraft Accidents
Personal watercraft accidents can have a devastating effect on their victims. In many instances, these types of accidents are even fatal.
Watercraft accidents pose a substantial risk of serious injuries, including:
Unfortunately, most watercraft owners fail to maintain adequate insurance coverage. Insurance companies will often try to demonize the injured riders and wrongfully deny their claims. The common argument is that the injured rider acted negligently and assumed the risk of the injuries.
Reach Out to Our Firm Today
If you have been involved in a personal watercraft accident or lost a loved one in a serious collision, please contact the skilled California watercraft accident lawyers at B&D Law Group. Our knowledgeable attorneys have a wealth of experience in helping victims of personal watercraft accidents. Our staff is prepared to investigate and aggressively pursue your case. We don’t shy away from “problem” cases as other attorneys may.
Call our office at (888) 563-4092 to schedule your free consultation and learn about your legal options.