One of the principle causes of injury stemming from a watercraft accident involves defective components of the watercraft itself. Each watercraft has a series of small components and parts which make up the whole of the watercraft. These components work together ensure that the watercraft runs safely and soundly. Any alteration or misstep during the manufacturing process may impact the safety of the watercraft and therefore the safety of the user. If you or a loved one have been injured on a watercraft based on the defective components of the watercraft, do not hesitate to contact an experienced watercraft injury attorney.
Defective components in watercraft involve a host of different issues that can affect the watercraft and cause an accident with another watercraft or may result in a rollover accident or explosion. These defective components may include the following:
- Flawed material
- Inappropriate manufacturing process
- Holes in the watercraft
- Defects to the electrical system, engine, or fuel pump
Many of the defective components cannot be discovered until specific testing has occurred and it is therefore important to discuss with a watercraft injury attorney shortly after the accident occurs in order to preserve your claim and analyze the crash site. The defective component may be limited to only your watercraft, or it may have been part of a wider series of product defects which potentially impact all watercraft assembled by that manufacturer.
The liability for defective components of watercraft often rests with the manufacturer. It can become a complex task to trace back the steps in the manufacturing process in order to find the defective component. It is therefore important to consult with a watercraft injury attorney in determining the appropriate party responsible for the defective components.
Once the correct party is discovered, you are entitled to bring a claim for your injuries against this party, which can include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
The opposing party will often attempt to persuade you to settle for the cost of your medical expenses, and you may be approached by an insurance agent. It is important to contact a watercraft injury attorney as soon as possible and to restrain yourself from speaking with the insurance agent. Speaking with the insurance agent may result in a reduction in your potential claim amounts.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Watercraft Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured by the defective components of a watercraft, you understand firsthand how important it is to ensure this does not happen again. Defective components are unfortunately prevalent in a number of products, although are especially dangerous in watercraft. Tony Malley is an experienced watercraft injury attorney who has assisted many clients in carefully analyzing their defective components claim. The responsible party for your injuries should be held accountable for their actions in producing a watercraft with defective components. Contact our Texas offices today for your initial free consultation.