If you live in Texas and have been involved in a Jet Ski accident, the personal injury lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm can represent you to recover adequate compensation for injuries and damages.
How We Can Help
Our Jet Ski lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm have experience representing watercraft accident victims in Texas. For more than 35 years, we have helped clients in Texas seek compensation for personal injury, wrongful death, after an injury accident.
- We investigate your Jet Ski accident thoroughly.
- We work to establish negligence and liability and connect them to your case.
We fight for the compensation you deserve to cover medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Jet Skiing in Texas
The ecstasy, adrenaline rush, and excitement that come from operating a Jet Ski on a hot day are unparalleled. Jet Skiers in Texas can find several places to enjoy their favorite water sport. J.P. Luby Surf Park, North Packery Channel Jetty in Corpus Christi, Lake Travis, and Lake Conroe are a few of the areas where you can enjoy your Jet Ski.
Unfortunately, collisions can also happen, resulting in severe injury and damage. Personal watercrafts such as Jet Skis are popular across the United States, and each year, they are involved in recreational boat accidents. Besides Jet Ski, other personal watercraft brands include Ski-Doo and Waverunner.
Jet Ski Accidents in The United States
According to the United States Coast Guard, there were 4,168 recreational boating accidents in 2019. These accidents resulted in 613 deaths, 2,559 injuries, and property damage worth approximately $55 million. Personal watercrafts such as Jet Skis were responsible for 19% of these accidents.
The data also shows that boating accidents happen for several reasons. These include:
- Operation inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
- Alcohol use
- Machinery failure
- Rules violation
- Unpredictable weather
- Dangerous waters
- Wave force
While users and operators take reasonable measures to prevent accidents, they still happen. Because of a lake or sea’s exposed nature, accident victims may die due to drowning, cardiac arrest, and hypothermia. Others pass away because of trauma from the accident.
Reasonable measures all boat operators and users should take for maximum personal watercraft (PWC) safety include:
- Taking boating courses
- Understanding boating laws
- Wearing a life jacket and highly visible clothing
- Avoiding PWC operation under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
- Operating PWC at a reasonable speed
- Avoiding dangerous weather and waters
Unfortunately, people violate some of these rules when riding their personal watercraft, which results in fatal accidents. Some of the accidents happen when concessionaires on vacation rent Jet Skis and choose to test them unsupervised and with little skill and knowledge. As such, operators don’t know what to do in emergencies or how to prevent accidents.
It’s also essential to remember Jet Skis and other personal watercraft are built for speed and fun. The vessels have an internal combustion engine that powers a water jet pump for propulsion. PWCs can also go as fast as 60 mph, with most users attempting tricks such as wave jumping, surfing, and backflipping.
Perhaps through marketing and social media, attempting stunts, even for inexperienced operators, is lucrative. Unfortunately, many people forget that Jet Skis do not have off-throttle steering or brakes like vehicles. Crafty maneuvers depend on the operator’s ability to change direction, control the throttle and engine. This means that while water skiing is exceptionally appealing, it’s inherently dangerous and should be approached with caution and patience.
When accidents happen, injuries and fatalities may come from:
- Engine explosion
- Collision with other water vessels
- Hitting another swimmer or vessel user
- Hitting poles, sand bars, buoys, or docks
What to Do After a Jet Ski Accident
After a Jet Ski accident, the injury lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm recommend taking the following steps.
Get to Safety: If you’re still out in the water, getting to safety should be your top priority. Contact the rental service or emergency rescue services around you.
See a Doctor: Even if you escape with minimal physical injury, it’s essential to visit a doctor for a checkup.
Call a Jet Ski Wreck Lawyer: Contact a boating accident lawyer at Baumgartner Law Firm for immediate legal assistance. Call (281) 587-1111!
Compensation for Jet Ski Accidents in Texas
Compensation after a Jet Ski accident varies depending on several factors such as:
- Medical expenses due to injury
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages due to the accident
Each case is different, and we advise that you contact your personal injury attorney at Baumgartner Law Firm for proper legal representation. With an experienced lawyer by your side, you can also fight for additional damages for long-term pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of income.
However, establishing negligence and liability is the challenging part after a personal watercraft accident in Texas waters. Several factors need to be considered to find the responsible party.
- Was the operator appropriately skilled to operate the vessel?
- Did the operator’s actions or inaction cause the accident?
- Did the victim sign a liability waiver before taking the Jet Ski?
- Did the Jet Ski malfunction and cause the accident?
In most Jet Ski accidents, there is usually an “assumption of risk” since the operator or renter consciously chooses to rent a vessel and operate one while fully aware of the potential danger.
Liability waivers also complicate the situation further because they’re created to protect the Jet Ski owner. In most cases, the waiver protects the owner from being sued after a renter is injured. However, when the accident occurs due to the owner or manufacturer’s fault, the liability waivers may be ineffective. Our attorneys at Baumgartner Law Firm help you navigate these situations and file a claim against the liable party.
Contact a Texas Jet Ski Accident Lawyer Today
Jet Skis and other personal watercraft result in fatalities and injuries that may result in permanent or long-term medical issues. Your costs may quickly add up as you seek treatment for injuries or struggle to make ends meet due to losing a loved one. After a Jet Ski accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm to ensure that your rights are fully protected.
Call us on (281) 587-1111 or visit our contact page today to schedule a consultation with us.