Jet Ski Accidents and Personal Injury
The explosive growth in Jet Ski and other recreational vehicle use in the last 20 years have been phenomenal. The popularity has gotten so great that many local Texas lakes ban Jet Ski use.
On lakes that allow jet skis, many owners have several and it is very easy to rent a jet ski from a rental establishment. Over the last 10 years or so the power of the Jet Ski has gone up remarkably and with it the number of serious injuries and wrongful deaths.
common causes of Jet Ski injury accidents
- Driving the jet ski faster than safe speeds
- Lack of training on jet ski operation
- Under aged drivers
- Alcohol-related accidents
- Improper lookout.
Another factor that can contribute to a serious injury war of totality is the failure of the operator or passengers to wear a life jacket. Not many people tend to wear helmets when riding a jet ski but would not even consider operating a motorcycle without one.
Some accidents involved running into other vehicles or stationary obstruction such as boating docks or hazards in the water. The vast majority of collision accidents occur because the operator does not understand the limitations of a jet ski in turning or boarding obstacles. If you add alcohol to the equation the potential for injury or an accident goes up exponentially.
Proper training is essential to avoid a Jet Ski crash. Additionally, wearing a life jacket should be mandatory for everyone who rides on a jet ski or drives one. Realize like motorcycles, Jet Skis may be harder to see than other boats and avoid traffic accordingly.
Some of the Jet Ski litigation involves the following legal theories:
- Driver error
- Lack of training
- Negligent entrustment and
- Defective condition of the jet ski or safety equipment
Some of the common injuries suffered in personal water craft accidents include:
- Spinal cord injury
If your loved one has been involved in the Jet Ski accident, preserve the Jet Ski and call an experienced and reputable Texas personal injury attorney as soon as possible.