Jet Ski & Personal Water Crafts Accident Attorneys
JetSkis, Sea-Doos and Wave Runners can be considered the motorcycles of the boating world: small and speedy. In fact, they are often made by motorcycle manufacturers, they share some of the same mechanical structure as motorcycles and they can reach speeds as high as 60 mph. And like motorcycles, personal watercraft (PWC) have a reputation for being more likely to get into accidents. In 2008, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department found that PWC accidents accounted for 32% of all boating accidents and 39% of boating accidents causing an injury.
Operating Under the Influence
As with all boating in Texas, it is illegal for Sea-Doo riders to operate their craft under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, alcohol is a major cause of PWC injuries and other boating accidents. Operators may incorrectly believe that DWI law doesn’t apply on the water, or that there won’t be serious consequences. In reality, a Jet Ski accident in Dallas/Fort Worth or anywhere else in Texas can cause blunt force trauma to the rider’s arms, legs or head, causing severe and sometimes permanent damage.
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Following the Rules
In recognition of these dangers, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has made special rules for operators of Jet Ski personal water crafts, in addition to the rules that all motorboats must follow. Failure to follow these rules—or, in the case of a rental agency, knowing failure to enforce them—is a form of negligence that could leave operators and/or businesses legally liable for any accident that results. Manufacturers of PWC may also be liable for Jet Ski accidents stemming from flaws in the PWC themselves, including failure to include a brake or reverse as well as manufacturing defects and failure to warn about serious risks.
Contact Coby L. Wooten for Effective Legal Representation Today
As a Dallas/Fort Worth personal injury attorney, I represent people who were seriously injured through no fault of their own in accidents with Jet Ski personal water crafts. Since 1996, I have been able to help numerous Texans and visitors recover financial compensation for serious injuries, including permanent disabilities and wrongful death. As a solo practitioner, I take pride in giving my clients the personal representation they need in the tough time following a serious injury. At my office, you will never be pressured to settle for less than I truly believe your case is worth.