Jet skis and other personal watercraft are fun and relatively simple to operate. In Charleston and throughout South Carolina those operating a jet ski or other personal watercraft are expected to follow all of the same rules as boats in addition to some regulations specifically targeted to those operating personal watercraft.
However, not all of those who take to the waterways around Charleston exercise the level of caution that these powerful watercraft require leading to accidents, injuries, and even death.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a jet ski accident in Charleston or throughout South Carolina, contact a jet ski accident lawyer at Howell and Christmas, today for a free consultation and to learn how dedicated and experienced lawyers can help you recover from your injuries.
Causes of Jet Ski Accidents
Jet skis and other personal watercraft can be seen on lakes, rivers, and in the Charleston harbor. These small but powerful watercraft can travel at high speeds and are often enjoyed by riders of all ages. However, these watercraft can be involved in serious and potentially life-threatening accidents. Some of the leading causes of jet ski accidents include:
- Operator inattention – Jet ski and other personal watercraft operators have a duty to pay attention to not only themselves but for other ships and people who are enjoying the water.
- Operator inexperience – Many people falsely make the assumption that because a jet ski is a smaller vehicle that they do not need any experience to operate them. However, it is important that jet ski drivers only drive to their level of skill and experience to avoid accidents and injuries.
- Excessive speed – Jet ski drivers often take advantage of the power and speed of these small watercraft and ride at excessive speeds putting themselves, their passengers, and others at risk for accidents and injuries.
- Alcohol use – The alcohol laws for operating a jet ski or other vessel are substantially less strict than they are for operating a car, this causes many drivers to think that it is safe to consume alcohol before operating a jet ski. However, alcohol leads to distracted driving and poor attention causing accidents and injuries.
People who are involved in a jet ski accident can suffer serious and even life-threatening injuries including broken bones, head injuries including concussions, spinal cord injuries, drowning.
At Howell and Christmas a Charleston jet ski accident lawyer is prepared to provide comprehensive injury representation to anyone injured in a jet ski accident and will investigate the causes and contributing factors to any maritime accident to help recover for injuries.
How a Charleston Jet Ski Accident Lawyer Can Help
By working with medical experts, accident investigators, and other specialists the jet ski accident attorneys at Howell and Christmas, have been able to help victims of jet ski accidents recover compensation for their medical care, lost wages, and rehabilitation expenses, as well as recover compensation for property damage.
If you are injured in a jet ski accident in Charleston, you may be entitled to compensation to recover for your injuries and property damage. A Charleston jet ski accident lawyer can help anyone injured in an accident determine the cause of an accident and determine who was at fault for an accident.
With vast experience in maritime injury law, the jet ski accident attorneys at Howell and Christmas, are prepared to help guide you through the complicated filing process and are prepared to rely on our decades of experience to secure the compensation you deserve.