Filing Lawsuits Over Jet Ski and Personal Watercraft Accidents
Jet skis and other personal watercraft are a lot of fun to use, but it’s easy to get carried away or to stop paying attention while using them. If you’ve been enjoying a fun day at the lake only to be injured when someone slams their jet ski or other watercraft into your boat, you could have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. It would depend on what the person who caused the accident was doing or not doing at the time — in other words, you’d need to be able to prove negligence.
Determining if the Accident Was Really an Accident
As the saying goes, accidents happen, and the accident you were in could have truly been an accident that the watercraft user couldn’t have prevented. This is really why personal injury lawsuits can go on for so long; the parties involved are trying to find evidence to support their side, and that’s not always easy. You need to prove that the at-fault party was negligent.
Finding the Party Who’s Actually at Fault
One more thing to consider is who is really at fault. Maybe the operator did everything he or she could to use the craft safely, but the manufacturer knew there was a defect in the watercraft and didn’t issue a recall, in which case the manufacturer is at fault; or, maybe the manufacturer did, and the operator truly didn’t know there was a recall out, in which case it may be a true accident. It’s also possible the operator knew there was a recall but didn’t pay attention to it.
If you’ve been injured, contact Eisenberg Law Offices at 608-256-8356. You’ll need legal assistance in gathering evidence that the person who operated the watercraft that injured you was negligent or did not take steps to keep others safe.