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.
These conditions can lead to hazardous situations such as:
Collisions with other vessels
Collisions with the dock or underwater obstacles
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:
Traumatic brain injury
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
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.
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