If you are injured in a jet ski accident, your legal options depend on who was at fault. If you were at fault, your options could be limited. If, however, another party was responsible for the accident, you may be able to pursue a personal injury case against the other party.
Under California law, people who use jet skis and boats have a legal duty to operate those vehicles in a safe manner. They must take actions to protect any passengers they may have, as well as other people who are on the water around them. Unfortunately, many boaters and jet ski drivers do not take their duties seriously. Driving while intoxicated is very common on the water. People often operate boats and jet skis without proper training, or may drive too fast or recklessly, and could also fail to keep a proper lookout.
Individuals who are injured in jet ski accidents have the right to pursue compensation against the wrongdoer. However, many boating and jet ski accidents involve the negligence of friends and family members, so the victims may be reluctant to pursue a case against their loved ones. It’s important to keep in mind, however, in most cases insurance companies will pay the damages, so the wrongdoer will likely not have to pay out of pocket for the damages. There is a very short time to seek compensation legally, so it’s important to pursue a case right away.
If you have been harmed in a jet ski or boating accident in the Los Angeles area, call me, Conal Doyle, California boat and jet ski accident attorney at 310-385-0567. Call today to learn more about your legal options.