Miami Jet Ski Accident Lawyer
South Florida is the boating capital of the world where local residents and visitors enjoy unlimited water activities.
Florida law defines a personal watercraft like a jet ski, as “a vessel less than 16 feet in length which uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump, as its primary source of motive power and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on the vessel, rather than in the conventional manner of sitting or standing inside the vessel.”
A person may not operate a personal watercraft unless each person riding on or being towed behind such vessel is wearing one of five personal flotation device designated by Florida or approved by the United States Coast Guard.
It is unlawful for a person to operate a personal watercraft any time between the hours from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. This does not apply to an agent or employee of a fire or emergency rescue service.
The operator of a personal watercraft equipped with a lanyard type engine cutoff switch must attach the lanyard to the operator, clothing, or personal flotation device.
How Can a South Florida Watercraft Accident Attorney Help You?
It is important to know that the operator of a watercraft must operate in a reasonable and prudent manner. Maneuvers, which unreasonably or unnecessarily endanger a person’s safety or property, constitute reckless operation of a vessel. An example of such is weaving through congested vessel traffic.
The owner of a leased, hired, or rented personal jet ski, or any person having control of such watercraft is not permitted to authorize or permit the watercraft to be operated by any person who has not received instruction in the safe handling of personal watercraft, in compliance with the commission’s rules.
What do after a Watercraft Accident:
- Report accident to the police
- Take photographs of watercrafts involved
- Take photographs of all visible injuries
- Obtain the name and phone number of all witnesses
- Obtain immediate medical attention
- Do not speak to anyone but your attorney
The Perez-Gurri Law Firm will handle all aspects of your case, from filing the claim with the appropriate insurance companies, to managing the collection and payment of all medical bills, and the repair of your watercraft.
What You May Be Entitled to Receive, Including But Not Limited to:
- Payment of medical bills
- Payment of lost wages
- Payment of lost services
- Payment for loss of earning capacity
- Payment for physical pain and suffering
- Payment for emotional pain and suffering
- Payment for property damage