Personal Watercraft Accidents

Personal watercraft (PWCs), like Jet Skis, can offer hours of summertime fun. They’re fast and nimble. Unfortunately, the very same characteristics that make PWCs enjoyable can also make them dangerous. Inexperienced riders on these powerful performance machines often end up with or causing serious—and sometimes fatal—injuries.

The numbers tell an eye-opening story.

While only about 10% of these “boats” registered in Minnesota and Wisconsin are PWCs, they account for nearly half of all boat collision accidents. In fact, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, a Jet Skier is almost ten times more likely to be injured than a passenger on a boat. A recent academic journal article illustrates just how dangerous this sport has become.

Our experience and expertise can expose fault.

Proper use of PWCs is ultimately a shared responsibility between the manufacturer and the operator. While manufacturers cannot be held responsible for an individual’s reckless behavior, they do have a duty to educate and warn each operator/operator of the potential, and even inherent, dangers of operating a PWC. 

If you’ve been injured, the first step is to have your case reviewed without cost or obligation.  This is where our experience and expertise enter. We will give you a better understanding of your options and determine who is at fault. Our team has recovered damages from manufacturers and insurance companies.

Let’s talk now, at no charge, so it doesn’t cost you later.

It’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to begin collecting evidence, gathering eye-witness testimony, and determining whether the machine(s) involved with the accident contributed to the accident. It’s important to not discard or dispose of the watercraft before it can be inspected. Contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation.

“My case was complicated, but it was handled very well. Thanks for your great work.”

BH, 2019