Jet skiing can seem like a lot of fun, but it is often very unsafe to jet ski on vacation. Jet skis, or personal watercrafts, can travel very quickly, and tragic accidents can occur in the blink of an eye. You could be permanently injured or even killed in a jet skiing accident, especially if a tour operator or jet ski rental provider fails to take appropriate precautions.
If you get hurt while on any personal watercraft, whether on vacation or otherwise, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can help you. Our firm has experience assisting many people whose vacations turned into a nightmare after a jet ski accident happened. We can assist with simple injury claims arising from a jet ski accident near the cost of Florida, and we can also provide legal representation in more complex cases, such as if a jet ski accident happened in the Caribbean or away from the United States on a cruise.
Is it Safe to Jet Ski on Vacation?
Fox News reported on the dangers of jet-skiing and the high numbers of injury on personal watercrafts. Over the course of a single year, more than 200 accidents and injuries happened on jet skis, leaving close to 50 people dead.
The high number of injuries and fatalities is understandable when considering the clear risks of personal watercraft use. Jet skis can travel across the waves at more than 60 miles an hour and are often driven by untrained tourists who do not know how to ride them safely. Companies renting out jet skis typically provide little or no safety gear, and people as young as 16 may be allowed to rent with few limitations and limited guidance.
The result is great potential for collisions and for people to fall off jet skis and suffer serious injury.
Your Rights After a Vacation Jet Ski Accident
When a jet ski accident happens, a victim can sometimes pursue a claim for compensation. You could potentially sue a cruise line if it organized a jet ski excursion that was run by someone careless. You could sue another jet ski driver if he or she collided with you or sue the jet ski manufacturer if a defect caused the craft to malfunction.
Any tour operator that risks the safety of jet ski riders could also be liable for losses, sometimes even if the renter signed a liability waiver. You should still consider pursuing a case for damages even if you signed a release form, as the release does not absolve the jet ski operator of obligations to exercise reasonable care to ensure equipment is well maintained. These types of cases can become complicated if they occur on international waters, as your claim may be covered under maritime law rather than standard personal injury laws.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can provide assistance in determining if you can make a case for damages and can help you to pursue your claim. Give us a call to talk with a maritime injury lawyer today.