Abundant waterways and warm weather make for hours of boating fun. Unfortunately, many boat owners and operators unfortunately do not have the proper training and/or experience to properly operate their vessels, or simply do not keep safety top-of-mind.
Boating can turn dangerous quickly due to poorly designed boats or personal watercraft. Safety issues can arise if the manufacturer did not adequately research and address inherent hazards in the design of the watercraft. For instance, many accidents involve the moving prop of the boat and could have been avoided had the prop been fitted with a prop guard. In such cases, it is our job to prove that safer design alternatives were available to prevent the accident.
When a jet ski or personal watercraft accident happens, the design, instructions and warnings related to its safe use must be examined.
Jet skis and other personal watercraft also offer plenty of fun during summer months. However, as designed many jet skis and personal watercraft have inherent flaws which can lead to serious injuries and death. Many jet skis are grossly overpowered and often come to be out-of-control in the hands of inexperienced or younger riders. This creates risks not only for the users, but for those in the area. The problem is further exasperated if the jet ski does not automatically deactivate. Another concern with many jet-propelled watercraft is the water propulsion system itself. When users are thrown from or fall off such jet skis, the water from the jet propulsion system can cause severe orifice and internal damage. Lastly, often the instructions and warnings relating to the inherent risks associated with the safe use of such personal watercraft are inadequate, and accidents and injuries result. For all of these reasons, when a jet ski or personal watercraft accident happens, the design, instructions and warnings related to the safe use of the jet ski or personal watercraft must be examined to determine if product defect or warnings claims exist.
As Watercraft and Jet Ski Accident attorneys we can help
At the Didier Law Firm we have extensive experience in handling accidents involving boats and personal watercraft. If you or someone close you has been involved in a boating or jet ski accident which resulted in a serious injury or wrongful death, contact us for a free evaluation of your case. We stand ready to bring our knowledge and expertise to bear for consumers injured as a result of defects in all forms of watercraft and jet skis.