Can You Sue If Injured In A Jet Ski Accident In Texas?
Many people enjoy getting out of the Texas heat by riding jet skis and other personal watercraft on one of the state’s many lakes or out on the Gulf of Mexico. With the increased traffic in the waters, crashes become more probable. The US Coast Guard keeps track of all recreational boating crashes and injuries, estimating that in 2017 (the year of the latest compiled data) there were over 4,000 such accidents that resulted in injury. Some of these injuries can be devastating and can lead to lifelong complications with dramatic effects on both the injured person and their family. In these cases, it is important that the at-fault person is held accountable and pay compensation for the harm their negligence has caused.
At Pintas & Mullins, a Dallas car accident law firm, we work to get injured people the justice they need and deserve. If you are injured in a jet ski crash, our attorneys can help you compile evidence and build a strong claim with potential for the highest amount of compensation possible. We can handle all aspects of your claim, including pretrial negotiation and in-court argumentation. Even when your accident has resulted in the most tragic injuries, our lawyers can help you. Some of our previous clients have suffered from:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Loss of limb
What to Do After My Jet Ski Accident
There are several factors that you should consider after your jet ski incident. First and foremost, you should make sure that everyone involved in the accident receives the medical treatment they need. In fact, it is advisable to get checked out after a crash even if you do not feel that you are injured. Adrenaline starts pumping after an accident, and you may not realize the severity of your injuries. Getting medical attention quickly can help the recovery process and is also a good way to establish evidence of the harm you suffered. After medical care is dealt with, there are several other things you should try to do.
Notify the Parks and Wildlife Department
Jet ski accidents, and all personal watercraft accidents, are handled by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. They keep and enforce regulations, such as a ban on minor children under the age of 13 operating jet skis and a ban on any person driving such a vehicle while drunk. Just as you would notify police after a car accident, you should notify the TPWD in these situations. If you cannot reach them, contact law enforcement instead.
Collect as Much Evidence as Possible
When meeting with a lawyer for the first time, it is best to have as much evidence as you are able to bring. Just as in a car accident, you should prepare by collecting all the information you can at the scene of the crash. Possible sources of evidence include, but are not limited to:
- Pictures of the scene of the wreck
- Names and contact information of witnesses
- Insurance information for those involved
- Parks and Wildlife Department reports
- Documentation of medical bills
File the Claim in Time
In Texas, you have a limited amount of time in which to file a lawsuit after an accident. Known as the claim’s statute of limitations, the deadline for submitting your claim to court is two years from the date of your jet ski accident. Failing to meet that deadline means that you may lose the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party. Having one of our skilled attorneys on your side helps to ensure that your claim is filed in a timely manner, preserving your rights and upholding your interests.
Causes of Jet Ski Accidents
Getting compensation for your injuries requires showing that the other party was somehow responsible for the accident that caused those injuries. There are many ways that a person can be at-fault for a jet ski accident, including some of these.
- Manufacturer error
- Faulty design
- Operating the jet ski while intoxicated
- Allowing a minor to pilot the jet ski
- Operating the jet ski with reckless disregard for safety
- Speeding through a no-wake zone
When you discuss your claim with us at Pintas & Mullins, a Dallas car accident law firm, , we look into all the details surrounding the accident to determine who is to blame. In some cases, multiple defendants may be responsible. For example, it is possible that a manufacturing error and a drunk operator both contributed to the accident. In that case, it may be best to pursue compensation from both of those entities.
I Can Get a FREE Consultation with Pintas & Mullins, a Dallas car accident law firm,
Our attorneys are compassionate and understand the plight of the injured person. We have helped many clients through this difficult time, and we know that the stress of meeting a lawyer can be great. That is why we seek to alleviate some of that stress by offering a FREE consultation to potential clients and by not collecting a fee unless we win your claim for you.