Personal Watercraft Accidents

Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida

 

Personal watercrafts – popularly referred to by brand names such as Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, or Waverunner – are a staple of Florida’s waterways. Their high-performance and increased maneuverability give them several advantages over other types of watercraft.

 

However, these advantages are also what make personal watercrafts so dangerous. Operators and passengers of personal watercrafts are at much higher risk of serious injury or death than other people out on the water. If you have been injured in a personal watercraft accident caused by the negligence of another, experienced Orlando boating accident attorney Stephen J. Knox can help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

 

Causes of Personal Watercraft Accidents

 

Like any other vehicle, operator error is usually a factor. Inexperienced riders make up a large percentage of personal watercraft accidents. Much of this is due to carelessness or inattention. However, because of how they are designed, personal watercrafts handle in some very peculiar ways that can get inexperienced riders into trouble, even at low speeds. Such things as steering and stopping are not as easy to control as you might expect. Drugs and alcohol are often a factor due to the fact that most personal watercrafts are used for recreation.

 

Common personal watercraft injuries include:

 

  • Head and chest trauma
  • Spinal injuries
  • Fractures
  • Drowning and near-drowning
  • Abdominal injuries

 

Rules for Personal Watercraft Operators

 

Personal watercraft operators must follow the same rules as any other watercraft operator. However, they must also adhere to a few rules that are specific to personal watercraft drivers:

 

  • Everyone aboard or being towed by a PWC must wear a non-inflatable floatation device
  • Operators must have an ignition safety switch attached to their body, clothing or life jacket
  • People under the age of 14 are not allowed to operate a PWC
  • Operators are not allowed to weave through congested waterway traffic, swerve at the last moment to avoid collision, or jump the wake of another vessel at too close proximity

 

These rules have been enacted in order to reduce the likelihood of a serious boating accident. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a personal watercraft operator who failed to follow these rules, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries.

 

If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and have been injured in a personal watercraft-related accident, please contact our Orlando personal injury law office today to schedule a consultation with Mr. Knox. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.

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