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Throughout Florida, residents and tourists are enthusiastic about water sports and enjoying the state’s thousands of miles of coastline. Some of the most common yet most dangerous types of watercraft that are often seen off the coastline and on the state’s waterways are jet skis and wave runners. These types of equipment pose certain risks for users who lack experience and proficiency with handling their speed and power. Sadly, a boating accident can change a victim’s life forever in a matter of moments. At Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind P.A., our dedicated Miami jet ski accident lawyers are ready to assist victims and bereaved families with seeking compensation after an accident.Understanding Your Right to Compensation for a Jet Ski or Wave Runner Accident
Florida provides ample legal recourse for victims of jet ski and wave runner accidents. The state experiences more boating accidents than any other state in the country, including incidents involving jet skis and wave runners. If you have been injured in this type of accident, you can bring a negligence claim against the individual or business that caused your injuries to occur. It is important to include all of the potential defendants in the action to ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation that you deserve.
To recover compensation, you must show that the defendant or defendants failed to use due care. If the individual who caused your injuries was the operator of the machine, you may be required to prove that they failed to operate the machine in a safe and prudent manner, taking into account any boating and maritime laws that applied at the time of the accident.
As with yachts and other types of watercraft, many users rent jet skis and wave runners from concessionaries around the coastline during vacations to Florida. Unfortunately, many of these companies fail to provide proper instructions and safety protocols to renters, letting them drive away with a dangerous and powerful machine. This is also true of boat rentals, which has led to a high number of boating accidents throughout Florida. In this instance, a jet ski accident attorney at our Miami firm can help you bring a claim against the rental company for failing to use due care and for failing to follow applicable rules and regulations when renting the equipment.
Florida has recognized a legal claim called negligent entrustment, which holds a defendant liable if the plaintiff can prove that the entity that provided the vehicle knew or should have known that the recipient was likely to use it in a manner involving an unreasonable risk to their safety or the safety of others. A lawyer who is experienced in handling water sport accident cases and similar situations can analyze the various theories of liability that may apply to your situation.
If a lapse in care or caution has been established, the plaintiff must show that they would not have been injured but for the defendant’s lack of due care. This stage of the litigation is called causation. In general, jet ski and wave runner accidents involve speeding, a failure to pay attention to the waterway ahead, a lack of education regarding how to operate and control the vehicle, rough water conditions, or intoxicated drivers at the helm. The physical nature of the equipment leaves riders exposed to the elements, which can make a collision with another vessel or object potentially life-threatening for victims.
Once you have established that the defendant’s negligence was the primary cause of your injuries, you can then present information supporting your claim for monetary compensation in the lawsuit. Some of the most common categories of damages are pain and suffering, ambulance fees, medical bills, and payment for any wages that were lost during recuperation. If you experience severe injuries that result in permanent and life-altering physical or mental impacts, you may also seek compensation for any estimated future medical care needs as well as compensation for your reduced earning capacity.Discuss Your Potential Claim with a Seasoned Jet Ski Accident Lawyer in Miami
Suffering injuries as a result of another individual’s carelessness on the water is one of the most stressful experiences that someone can endure. Pursuing legal action to receive the compensation that you are owed for your injuries can be even more stressful and daunting. We ensure that each client receives the zealous legal counsel that they deserve. Our team of compassionate and reliable attorneys has handled claims arising from many different types of watercraft accidents, ranging from sail boats to ferries. We represent victims throughout Florida, including in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Homestead, Orlando, Kissimmee, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, and Weston, as well as other areas of Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties. Call us at 866-621-2142 or contact our Miami jet ski accident attorneys online to set up your free consultation.