Personal watercraft account for 14% of all registered vessels in Florida, with many registered right here in Miami and across South Florida.
They are involved in roughly 20% of reportable boating accidents, and rented personal watercraft are responsible for 45% of personal watercraft involved in reportable accidents. While the prospect of a day zipping around on the water may sound enticing, 87 people were injured in personal watercraft accidents in Florida in 2018, and 54% of all personal watercraft accidents involved collision with another vessel.
Personal watercraft and jet skis are fun and fast but among the most dangerous watercraft on the water
Personal watercraft have significant power for their small size. It is easy for people to overdo the throttle if they aren’t used to the power. Jet skis are like motorcycles because they lack material to absorb the force of a collision. If you are involved in a crash, your body will be exposed to severe injury.
Click here to read about a seven-figure result for one of our clients injured on a jet ski.
Parties that may be liable for damages include negligent vessel operators, the manufacturer for selling a defective or poorly designed product, or the jet ski rental company which supplied the equipment. However, rental companies rarely give customers sufficient training on how to safely use jet skis. Click here for jet ski rental requirements. Even if you think your injury was partially “your fault” or you signed a liability waiver, you may still be compensated for your injury.Back to Boating Accidents