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Who Can You Sue for a Jet Ski Accident in Florida?

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Jet skis are a popular and fun way to enjoy Florida’s famous waterways. However, despite being a common attraction to tourists and locals visiting the beaches or large lakes in the Sunshine State, there are major risks associated with operating jet skis. Jet ski accidents can occur when least expected, even if you were adhering to all safety rules and regulations. If a negligent party is to blame for the injuries you have suffered due to a jet ski accident in Florida, a trusted lawyer can investigate the claim and help you identify any potentially responsible parties.

Hersh Kirtman Injury Law is a personal injury law firm helping clients who have suffered harm in jet ski accidents caused by another party’s negligence. When you work with our trusted legal team, we provide the passionate representation needed to help you pursue the justice you deserve. If you suffered harm in a jet ski accident, contact our Florida law office as soon as possible.

Parties Who May Be Liable in a Jet Ski Accident

Following a jet ski accident, you may be left recuperating from serious injuries and feeling lost about the next steps or how to determine whether you have a claim and if you should pursue one. If you suffered harm due to another party’s negligence, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation by filing a personal injury claim. When filing a personal injury claim, you of course must identify who was responsible for the crash and your injuries. This requires investigating the incident and gathering available evidence. 

Some parties who may be liable for your jet ski accident include the following:

  • The operator of a boat or jet ski: If the operator of another boat or jet ski causes your accident by operating the boat or jet ski dangerously or negligently, whether it be operating at an excessive speed, failing to pay attention to the surroundings, or making unreasonably dangerous maneuvers, they may be held liable for your injuries and losses.
  • The owner of the watercraft: Sometimes, the owner and operator of the watercraft involved in your accident are different parties. In those instances, the owner may also be responsible for your injuries and losses. 
  • A watercraft dealer or rental service: The company that sold or rented the jet ski to you may be liable. This liability may arise if the company sold or rented a defective or dangerous watercraft, rented the watercraft to someone who they reasonably should have known was unqualified or may be a danger to others, or any other number of circumstances.  
  • Event organizers: Jet skis are often used at special events. If the proper safety precautions are not taken, the event organizers may be held liable for any accidents that occur.
  • Jet ski manufacturer: If the jet ski malfunctioned, the manufacturer may be found liable for the accident that occurred based on either a defective design of the jet ski or a defect in the manufacturing of the watercraft.
  • Another passenger on the jet ski: If another passenger was behaving negligently, they may be found liable for the accident.

To identify who is liable for your specific jet ski accident case, your lawyer will launch a full investigation.

How to Prove Liability in a Jet Ski Accident

After the at-fault parties have been identified in your jet ski accident case, the next step is to identify the necessary evidence to prove liability on the part of the at-fault parties. In the absence of liability, there is no recovery; therefore, proving liability is crucial to your claim.

To prevail in your jet ski accident case, you must present evidence demonstrating the four basic elements of negligence: 

  • The liable party owed you a duty of care
  • The duty of care was breached
  • The breach of duty led to your jet ski accident and subsequent injuries
  • You suffered a loss as a result

Your lawyer will investigate the claim, identify witnesses, and gather evidence, all aimed at establishing each of the four elements of the case. Should you feel you have a potential jet ski accident case, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today.

Get Justice for Your Florida Jet Ski Accident Case Today

Unfortunately, accidents can occur when least expected and leave victims injured. If you have suffered harm from a jet ski accident, contact one of our trusted lawyers for help with your claim. 

At Hersh Kirtman Injury Law, we provide our clients with the trusted guidance they need as they pursue justice  after being harmed in a jet ski accident. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our trusted jet ski accident lawyers, contact us today by filling out our contact form or giving us a call at (561) 208-3700.

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