The Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., represents people and their families who have been injured or killed in accidents involving wave runners, jet skis, and other types of personal watercraft. While these types of watercraft can be the source of significant enjoyment and recreation, your Fort Myers personal injury lawyer knows that these accidents while operating these watercrafts can result in catastrophic injuries and even death. Even the most experienced personal watercraft operators and owners can make mistakes in operating these machines, and unexpectedly rough waters, high boat wakes, or heavy boat traffic all can contribute to potentially serious accidents.
Likewise, defective watercraft can result in accidents even for the most experienced personal watercraft operator. Any operator of wave runners, jet skis, and other personal watercraft often may not realize that the watercraft was dangerously designed, and those defects can result in serious accidents. When these defects occur, the designer, manufacturer, and/or distributor of the watercraft all may be liable for the injuries resulting from any such accident. Defective watercraft can result from design or manufacturers defects. Sometimes the manufacturers are aware of product defects, but fail to properly warn consumers about the defect before distributing the product on the market.
Our Fort Myers personal injury attorneys also represent tourists and inexperienced riders who rent wave runners, jet skis and personal watercraft from facilities who do not properly train or instruct them on properly using the watercrafts. Renting facilities neglect to teach new riders the dangers of the waterways, the dangers of operating the personal watercraft, the dangers of boat wakes, and the hazards that navigational markers and boat traffic can create. These individuals rarely have much experience in operating these kinds of watercraft, and are usually given no more instructions beyond how to accelerate and apply the brake. When such poor instructions are given, accidents are bound to occur often with devastating results.
If you or a loved one has experienced an injury or death as a result of a wave runner, Jet Ski or personal watercraft accident, please contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., immediately for a free consultation. Since there are strict time limits within which you must make your claim for compensation, it is imperative that you contact our firm as quickly as possible after the accident has occurred. Whether your accident occurred due to a defective watercraft, operator error, or a lack of operator instruction or experience, your Fort Myers personal injury attorney is here to help. There are no fees or costs that you must pay unless you win financial compensation for your losses from the party responsible for the accident. Please visit our settlements and verdicts page to view the results in some of the personal watercraft accident cases and other types of cases handled by Randall L. Spivey.
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A trip to the beach will reveal that Florida has many PWCs (personal watercraft), and the numbers are growing. With this growth, we can expect accidents to occur which cause injuries and even, on occasion, fatalities.
According to the United States Coast Guard, of the 4,062 boating accidents which occurred in the United States in 2013, the most common recreational boat types involved in these accidents were open motorboats (46%), personal watercraft (18%), and cabin motorboats (17%).
A University of Florida study showed that wave runner accidents and other PWC accidents cause far greater injuries than other boating accidents.