jet ski accidents in minnesota & wisconsin

Personal Watercraft Lawyer | Serving Minnesota & Wisconsin

Personal Injury Lawyers offering free consultations concerning jet ski & personal watercraft injuries

Personal watercrafts (jet skis, Ski-Doos, etc.) can offer hours of summertime fun. Unfortunately, the same qualities that make personal watercraft enjoyable can also make them dangerous. Inexperienced riders on fast and maneuverable machines often end up with or causing serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

While only about 10% of "boats" registered in Minnesota and Wisconsin are personal watercraft (PWCs), they account for nearly half of all boat collision accidents. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a jet skier is almost 10 times more likely to be injured than a passenger on a boat. A recent academic journal article illustrates just how dangerous this sport has become.

Responsible use, manufacturers & documenting a crashProper use of personal watercrafts is ultimately a shared responsibility between the manufacturer and the operator. While manufacturers cannot be held responsible for an individual's reckless behavior, they do have a duty to warn each operator and passenger of the potential, and even inherent, danger assumed by operating or riding on a personal watercraft.

If you've been injured, the first step is to have your case reviewed without cost or obligation so you can gain a better understanding of your options and determine who is at fault. Attorney Richard Schroeder has recovered damages from insurance companies and watercraft manufacturers where the warning stickers on the machine were not visible or didn't fully disclose the potential dangers involved.

Traffic patterns on waterways are dictated by rules similar to the rules we follow on our roads and highways every day. However, recovering damages based on failure to yield or right-of-way becomes much more difficult in the fluid environment of waterways. Assigning fault to another driver who might have caused or contributed to your accident requires skillful analysis of the events leading up to the accident. It's important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to begin collecting evidence, gathering eye-witness testimony, and determining whether the machine(s) involved with the accident contributed to the accident.

Contact attorney Richard Schroeder today to schedule a free consultation. Call the office at 877-426-8740 or send Richard an email by clicking here.