Dangers of Jet Ski Accidents

Man and boy on a jet ski

Summer has arrived, and people throughout Northeast Ohio are venturing outside to enjoy the warm, sunny weather. Located close to Lake Erie and home to many inland lakes and rivers, boating is a popular pastime in greater Cleveland, and many Ohioans enjoy spending the summer on boats and personal watercraft, commonly known as jet skis.

While boating can be a fun activity for the entire family, jet ski accidents can happen, and when they do, a jet ski accident can result in serious injuries and even death.

If you were injured in a jet ski accident, the personal injury attorneys at Robenalt Law can help. Tom Robenalt has been representing injury victims for more than 25 years. He has the experience, resources, and expertise to evaluate your case, identify the responsible parties, and hold them accountable.

Common Causes of Jet Ski Accidents

Because jet skis are relatively affordable and have fewer maintenance requirements, they are a popular form of watercraft. With more jet skis on the water, the number of jet ski accidents will continue to increase.

Just like other boating accidents, common causes of jet ski accidents include:

  • Operator inexperience
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Violation of a safety or navigational rule
  • Equipment failure
  • Weather
  • Inattention or distraction
  • Passenger behavior
  • Excessive weight

These conditions can lead to hazardous situations such as:

  • Collisions with other vessels
  • Collisions with the dock or underwater obstacles
  • Falling overboard
  • Capsize
  • Sinking
  • Fire
  • Explosion

Common Jet Ski Injuries

Jet skis place operators at a higher risk of injuries than other types of vessels. Jet skis are easy to operate and can easily travel at a high rate of speed. Yet, unlike other watercraft, jet skis offer the operator little protection against injury.

When a jet ski accident does occur, common injuries include:

  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Bruising
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Head, neck, and back injuries
  • Sprains and strains

Liability for a Jet Ski Accident

When a jet accident does occur, the boating accident injury lawyers at Robenalt will work to identify the cause of the accident and hold the responsible party accountable. As with other types of personal injury claims, determining liability in a jet ski accident requires a showing of negligence.

Common questions to ask after a jet ski accident include:

  • Were any of the operators under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
  • Did any of the vessels fail to yield?
  • Did any of the operators lack the proper certifications as required by law?
  • Were any of the operators moving at an unsafe speed or performing dangerous maneuvers?

If you were hurt in a jet ski accident in Ohio, you may be entitled to compensation, including money for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages and future earnings
  • Permanent physical limitations
  • Pain and suffering
  • Metal anguish

At Robenalt Law, our experienced boating accident injury lawyers will analyze the cause of the accident and identify the responsible parties. Many boating accidents are covered by an insurance policy. We will attempt to negotiate with the insurance company to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries. If we cannot settle your claim, our lawyers have the experience and resources to litigate your claim in court and, if necessary, take your case to trial.

Robenalt Law: Ohio Jet Ski Accident Injury Lawyers

The lawyers at Robenalt Law handle jet ski accident injury claims on a contingency fee, which means you won’t pay a fee unless we recover money for you.

To learn more and discuss how we can help, contact Robenalt Law today to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation. Call us at (216) 223-7535, complete our online form, or email trobenalt@robenaltlaw.com.

Categories: Boating Accidents