With thousands of miles of coastline, lakes, rivers, and marinas, Northern California is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. This makes the use of personal watercrafts (PWCs) extremely popular.
A PWC is defined by the Coast Guard as an inboard vessel less than 16 feet long that is powered by a jet pump and inboard motor and designed to be operated by an individual who is sitting, standing, or kneeling on the craft. With speeds reaching 90 miles per hour, the very nature of these crafts leaves PWC riders at risk of many dangers. For example, the small size of PWCs makes them difficult to spot in the water, and their speed prohibits successful evasive action from larger watercraft when they are spotted too late. Add to the equation inattentive, inexperienced, or impaired boat operators, and it’s a recipe for accidents to happen.
If you are injured on a jet ski or another type of personal watercraft, you should have the San Francisco PWC injury attorneys at The Cartwright Law Firm evaluate your rights.
Potential Dangers of PWCs
In the event of an accident, operators may be ejected off the PWC into open waters, or thrown off the back into the path of the watercraft’s high-pressure jet pump water stream, severely injuring the rider.
While some PWCs are privately owned, commercial rental of these crafts represents a significant portion of their presence on the water. Manufacturers and rental agencies overwhelmingly target young, inexperienced consumers in their marketing campaigns, adding to the high risk of operating these vessels.
While the majority of PWC riders experience no more than an exhilarating ride that feels quite dangerous, those who actually experience a crash firsthand may never be the same due to life-altering injuries.
PWC Accident Injuries
The United States Coast Guard identified PWC accidents as the second most common type of water vessel accidents and the number two leading cause of death in U.S. vessel accidents. The most common cause of injury are collisions, followed by falls from the PWCs, and being run over by PWCs. Poor watercraft maintenance and design defects contribute to PWC accidents and injuries as well.
Traumatic PWC injuries can have a permanent impact on a victim’s life. People involved in PWC accidents may suffer from some of the following injuries due to blunt force trauma, drowning, and other consequences of a PWC accident:
- Damage to internal organs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma
- Brain injuries
Contact our PWC Injury Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation
PWC accidents occur for a variety of reasons. When another party causes your accident and injuries, The Cartwright Law Firm is here to help you and your family. After a personal watercraft or jet ski injury, you need someone to turn to who is tough, experienced, and dedicated to winning your complex claim.
The San Francisco PWC injury lawyers at The Cartwright Law Firm have the required knowledge and experience to guide you through this difficult time and win you the compensation you deserve. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation or case evaluation. Call us at 415-433-0444 or visit our website to learn more about how we can fight for you.