Jet skis, also known as personal watercrafts (PWCs), carry inherent risks. If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries in a crash or collision, call a Michigan jet ski accidents lawyer to discuss how to best proceed.
In some cases, another jet ski operator may be at fault. In others, another watercraft operator may be to blame. Other times, the manufacturer of a PWC is at fault, which can lead to a defective products claim.
A dedicated attorney can help with any of these circumstances.
Typical Causes of Jet Ski Crashes
Various circumstances can lead to jet ski accidents. Some of the most common causes include:
- Colliding with another watercraft
- Crashing into docks, tree stumps, and other objects
- Capsizing in the wake of another boat or large wave
- Riding with an inexperienced operator
- Operating jet skis at high rates of speed or in a reckless manner
Jet ski or boat operators also may be impaired by drugs or alcohol when operating watercraft. This can lead to catastrophic consequences.
When the negligence of the jet ski operator, boat operator, or others leads to these devastating crashes, a jet ski accidents lawyer in Michigan may be able to help.
Potential Injuries from PWC Crashes
The injuries that can occur as a result of jet ski crashes can be devastating. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and neck injuries can result from collisions involving personal watercrafts. Collisions with larger boats can also result in severe lacerations and blunt force trauma.
Drowning is also a possibility, particularly when individuals are not utilizing proper safety gear. The failure to wear US Coast Guard-approved life jackets can have tragic results, especially when an accident involves an inexperienced swimmer. A person who survives a crash with minimal injury may drown in rough waters in the absence of an appropriate life vest.
Applicable Michigan Laws
Depending on the body of water where a crash occurred, different laws may apply to a claim. For instance, if the PWC accident occurred on one of the Great Lakes or on many rivers and streams that connect them, admiralty laws apply.
If the accident occurs on a land-locked lake or inland body of water, then general negligence laws of Michigan would apply. These differences can result in claims being filed in federal court as opposed to state court, or vice versa.
Lawsuits for Jet Ski Accidents
A person injured in a jet ski accident can pursue legal claims against any negligent party. This includes the driver of another boat or watercraft. A passenger injured due to the carelessness of the operator can sue the driver of the jet ski.
Compensation for injuries includes a payout for pain and suffering, disability, medical expenses, and lost wages. In the event of a fatal accident, family members can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for the loss of the loved one.
Settlements are often paid by the insurance company of the negligent party. This can include a homeowner’s insurance company or the insurer of the watercraft itself. When a business is at fault, a liability policy will pay the damages.
Call a Michigan Jet Ski Accidents Attorney for Legal Guidance
If another boater or individual caused your injuries, you have legal rights. For help after your accident, contact our experienced personal injury law firm.
We will not charge any legal fees unless we get you a settlement. We pay all of the case expenses so it costs you nothing to get started. Call us today.
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