The San Francisco Bay Area provides outdoor enthusiasts with plenty of options for activities and recreation. For some, our waterways are the perfect playground for operators of personal watercraft, more commonly known as jet skis – or for loyalists, by brand names such as Jet Ski, WaveRunner, or Sea-Doo.
Our founding attorney, Robert Cartwright, is no stranger to adventure. As a former marathoner, accomplished tri-athlete, motorcycle enthusiast, experienced mountaineer, and race car driver, he is also an avid boater and jet skier. His motto throughout these exploits has been, “have fun but be careful.” This wisdom should be heeded by fellow jet skiers.
The use of these blazing fast, highly maneuverable watercraft can be fun and exhilarating, but jet ski operators need to understand the inherent risk, including the negligence and recklessness of other people. The injury attorneys at Cartwright Law know all too well that a good time on the open water can lead to a trip to the emergency room, or worse. Like motorcycle accidents, the repercussions of jet ski accidents tend to be more gruesome than, for say, the pilot of a boat. If the unfortunate event that you have been hurt in an accident involving a PWC, call us today to speak with a San Francisco jet ski attorney.
What Causes Jet Ski Accidents?
Jet ski accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Fortunately for victims, when they are caused by the negligence of other people, they can typically recover for all of their accident-related damages. Some of the more common causes of jet ski accidents that are typically the result of negligence include:
- Equipment failure, oftentimes when unsuspecting operators rent or buy defective vehicles.
- Reckless driving
- Operating a jet ski under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Inclement weather or water conditions
- Fire or explosion
- A lack of adult supervision when minors are at the controls
- Collisions with buoys or other objects
It’s worth noting that while the overall number of recreational boating fatalities have been on the decline, jet ski-related fatalities have steadily increased. The rise of jet ski accidents comes as no surprise, as these crafts have become one of the most popular categories of boats on San Francisco Bay Area waterways.
While drowning accounts for most fatalities in recreational vessel accidents, blunt force trauma has been the leading cause of serious injuries for jet ski enthusiasts. Other jet skiers, boats, scuba divers, snorkelers, and swimmers share the enticing waters, making it vital for thrill seekers to be on the constant lookout for a collision course. Because of their proximity to the water and their exposure, jet ski operators are especially vulnerable to injury or death during an accident.
Many vacationers have rented jet skis from companies who have handed over the keys without proper safety equipment and with little or no instructions on how to safely operate the watercraft and respond to emergencies. When they place their trust in these rental shops and injury results from a jet ski accident, liability may fall squarely on the side of the concessionaire who handed over a deadly, jet-powered vehicle without proper safeguards.
Call Us Today to Speak with a Jet Ski Accident Lawyer in San Francisco
Although every watercraft and jet ski accident case is different, typical compensation for injuries include damages for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost quality of life, and lost income. When a day of fun and games on the water goes wrong, we are here to protect your rights and hold responsible parties accountable. To schedule, a free case evaluation with a San Francisco jet ski accident attorney, call or text us at 415-433-0444 or contact us online.