Legal Help After A Personal Watercraft Accident
A favorite activity of Floridians and Florida visitors is to ride Jet Skis, WaveRunners and other personal watercraft. Unfortunately, the popularity of personal watercraft results in numerous serious accidents on the shores of Florida every year. Jet Ski and boating accidents are perhaps more common in Florida than in any other state in the country. Boating accident claims are more complicated than onshore accidents. The laws are different, and the entire procedure requires specific knowledge and experience.
We are here to help you. If you have been hurt in a personal watercraft accident, our attorneys at Munch and Munch, P.A., have the knowledge and experience to help you get the compensation you need. From our home office in Tampa, Florida, our attorneys have more than 40 combined years of experience. Lead attorney Jacob Munch is double board-certified in admiralty and maritime law and civil trial law. Our legal team will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Liability In Personal Watercraft Claims
One of the first issues to contend with in a watercraft accident claim is liability. Who is at fault? And how do we prove that that person or company is at fault? These accidents are most commonly caused by failure to follow the U.S. Coast Guard’s “rules of the road,” including speeding, failure to have a proper lookout, alcohol and drug use while operating, and improper training or negligent entrustment by boat owners and rental companies or concessionaires.
A common defense tactic used by Jet Ski and personal watercraft owners is to attempt to avoid liability by invoking a federal statute called the Limitation of Liability Act. However, our attorneys understand the nuances of this statute and how to prevent potential inappropriate application. We can bring claims against the other vessel operator or the manufacturer if some type of defect caused the accident. We will find the source of liability and get you the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
At Munch and Munch, P.A., we have extensive experience representing victims of accidents such as those involving:
- Unsafe operation
- Negligent supervision and entrustment
- Alcohol or drug use while operating
- Manufacturing defects and unsafe design
Generally, compensation for personal watercraft, WaveRunner or Jet Ski accident injuries includes damages for payment of medical bills, pain and suffering, and any lost wages during recoupment. However, the amount of compensation varies with each case. If the injuries sustained are serious, money damages for future pain and suffering, future lost wages and future medical expenses may be available.
Get The Compensation You Need
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a Jet Ski, WaveRunner or other personal watercraft, call 888-976-3759 or email us at Munch and Munch, P.A., so our Florida personal watercraft accident lawyers can protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.