Jet Skis and SeaDoos are two popular watercraft (PWCs) spotted on Texan waterways, lakes,
and rivers. However, as their popularity grows, so too does the risk for accidents. Being out
enjoying the water can be dangerous when you or those around you aren’t being safe. Whether
you cause an accident or are injured due to someone else’s negligence, when you are involved
in a PWC accident you should speak to an experienced Jet Ski and SeaDoo lawyer. They can
look into the incident and see if you are entitled to compensation.
There are two things that make these personal watercraft dangerous:
1. Potential manufacturing flaws
2. Operator error or negligence
Because there are two potential contributors to PWC accidents, it is important to speak to a
Jet Ski and SeaDoo lawyer to discuss the circumstances. Even if you feel you were at fault, the
function of the PWS could have contributed to the accident.
What Causes Jet Ski and SeaDoo Accidents?
Topping the list is reckless driving. Because PWCs can reach speeds up to 70 mph and the
average operator has little experience driving them, the risk for accidents can be high. Adding to
these concerns is the troubling fact that the average age of those involved in accidents is as
young as 11, according to the National Coast Guard. Common contributing factors for accidents
● Water/weather conditions
● Operating under the influence
● Missing/defective safety equipment
● Unsafe speed
● Operator inexperience or improper training
● Operator inattention
● Poor visibility
It’s important to note that manufacturer errors can make the Jet Ski or SeaDoo dangerous to
operate safely. So although you might not think you deserve compensation if your accident was
a direct result of a manufacturing defect, the injuries you cause to others or yourself actually
might not be your fault.
● Broken bones
● Spinal cord injuries
● Brain injuries
It is not just life-altering injuries that entitle you to compensation. The hospital stays,
rehabilitation, time off work, emotional distress and other outcomes related to your injuries
entitle you to damages to help cover your costs.
How Can a Personal Watercraft Injury Lawyer Help?
Jet Ski and SeaDoo injury lawyers look at the facts related to your accident. They establish who
was negligent and provide proof you have a right to seek compensation. In the case of a one-
person accident, they can investigate the history of the Jet Ski or SeaDoo model to look for
evidence of past accidents that could be caused by defects.
All the circumstances of the accident are explored to ensure you receive the compensation you
deserve. Everything from the condition of the operator to the weather and from the training and
licensing of the driver to the manner in which they were conducting themselves contributes to
your case. These facts prove negligence so you can seek damages for:
● Medical expenses
● Rehabilitation expenses
● Lost wages
● Future earnings
● Loss of consortium
If you have been injured in a Jet Ski or SeaDoo accident, contact the Malley Law Firm today. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting victims of Jet Ski and SeaDoo accidents to put together claims against the responsible party. Contact our Texas offices today for your initial free consultation.