A personal watercraft (PWC) is a small, jet-powered recreational vessel that can travel at high speeds and is operated by a rider who sits or stands on it. A jet ski is an example of a PWC. Jet skiing is a popular recreational activity on Florida waterways, but PWCs can often be involved in serious and sometimes fatal accidents. Jet ski crashes can occur for various reasons, including operator inexperience and negligence. If you have been injured in a jet ski accident, seek legal advice to help navigate your case.
Jet Ski Accidents in Florida
Injuries on personal watercrafts are common in Florida, and most accidents occur in the summer months from May to September. According to the Florida Wildlife Commission, in 2020 there were 227 PWC accidents that resulted in 183 injuries and 15 fatalities. The majority of these accidents occurred on waterways such as bays, oceans, rivers, creeks, canals, and lakes.
In 2020, the most common reasons for PWC accidents were collisions with vessels or other fixed objects due to the operator being inattentive, being careless, or lacking experience. In addition to collisions, other types of PWC accidents include:
Common injuries from jet ski accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Sprains or strains
How an Attorney Can Help
After a jet ski accident, it’s important to obtain legal representation. An experienced jet ski accident attorney can help you file a personal injury claim and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Even though Florida has a four-year statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims, you don’t want to wait. After the time limit has passed, you will not be able to hold anyone responsible for your injuries.
An attorney can do the following to help with your claim:
- Investigate the accident and gather evidence
- Calculate what your claim is worth
- Submit and negotiate your claim with insurance companies
- Represent you if your case goes to court
You may be entitled to recover financial compensation for any injuries or losses you suffered including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
Contact a Florida Personal Injury Attorney
If you suffered injuries in a personal watercraft accident, contact Browning Law Firm to schedule a free, initial consultation with our legal team. Contact us online, or call us today.