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The approach of summer every year brings with it the excitement of using your personal watercraft on one of the many waterways of Texas. However, personal watercraft continue to appear in the news due to accidents caused by negligent watercraft operators or defects which occurred during the product manufacture. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a personal watercraft accident involving the Yamaha WaveRunner, do not hesitate to contact an experienced watercraft accident attorney.
The Yamaha WaveRunner is one of the most popular types of personal watercraft. The WaveRunner was first introduced by Yamaha in 1986 through the model WaveRunner 500. Yamaha chose to enter the personal watercraft industry after 100 years of the company’s existence.
Yamaha currently manufactures several types of WaveRunners, including:
- FX Cruiser SVHO
- FX Cruiser SHO
- VX Cruiser
- FX SVHO
- FX SHO
- VX Deluxe
Yamaha is constantly updating their line of WaveRunners to meet the current customer demand for versatility and safety. However, Yamaha is not always aware of defective components which may pass through their manufacturing facilities. Therefore, a claim against Yamaha not only increases your potential recovery, but also helps ensure that another person will not suffer the same accident you will in the future.
Despite all updates to the WaveRunner over the years, manufacturing defects still occur which result in yearly watercraft accidents. WaveRunners do not offer much protection to passengers and therefore any crash with another vehicle or a knock off the personal watercraft can lead to severe injuries. One of the main defects which Yamaha has been held liable for includes the throttle failure. In these accidents, the throttle does not engage and therefore the WaveRunner cannot be steered, which can lead to collisions and other severe accidents.
Injuries from Yamaha WaveRunner accidents can include the following:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
Many of these injuries can take months or even years to recover from. Therefore, the responsible party can be held liable for the related expenses stemming from your injuries, which include:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium (for spouses or other close family members)
While Yamaha may be held liable for any defect on a WaveRunner stemming from the manufacture of the watercraft, a WaveRunner operator or other watercraft operator may be held liable as well for any injuries that result from an accident due to operator error. An experienced watercraft attorney will be able to assist you in determining the responsible party.
MALLEY LAW FIRM | HOUSTON WATERCRAFT ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
You may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries if you were injured in a Yamaha WaveRunner accident. Tony Malley has had years of experience in assisting clients with preparing claims for watercraft accidents and the resulting injuries. As the victim of a WaveRunner accident, you should not be responsible to cover the amount of damages that was the fault of another party. Contact our Texas offices today for your initial free consultation.