In recent years, jet skis have become one of the most popular recreational boating vehicles for those who enjoy spending time out on lakes and coastlines. Leading brands of personal watercrafts include Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, and Waverunner. As the popularity of personal watercrafts continue to increase, so do the chances of being involved in an accident, which may result in serious injuries. Crowded waterways leave little room for error while operating one of these powerful vehicles.
Most jet skis are capable of speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour and close to 42% of all injury boat accidents involve a personal watercraft. Personal watercrafts are almost always in motion and are, therefore, much more likely to be involved in an accident.
Jet Ski renters, who operate the jet ski for only a few hours at a time, make up 60% of accidents. Injuries resulting from jet ski accidents are far more likely to be severe since jet ski riders are more exposed than any other boating recreational vehicle, comparable to the difference of riding in a car and riding on a motorcycle. These injuries may include closed-head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and trauma to the chest and abdomen. Common causes of these injuries are roll-over, side swipe, and head-on collisions.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a jet ski, contact the Waukesha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® to discuss your case and to schedule an initial consultation by calling (800) 242-2874.