Summer Watercraft Danger
When temperatures soar, many people hit the water—and not just to swim. Boating, jet-skiing, and water skiing, among other activities, are popular on the nation’s lakes, rivers, and oceans. Most outings are fun and create lasting memories, but accidents do happen, sometimes as a result of negligence.
Many watercraft accidents result from factors similar to auto accidents: speeding, recklessness, operator inexperience, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A collision with another watercraft, hitting a wave at an unsafe speed or angle, striking a submerged object, and lack of familiarity with a waterway can lead to serious injury.
Boats can capsize, sink, or lose passengers overboard (frequently without life jackets). If jet skiers are struck in a collision, they are even more vulnerable to serious injuries, as they are more exposed. Water skiers are at the mercy of boat drivers and observers. Accidents on the water also have the added risks of drowning and hypothermia.
Operator error is not the only cause of watercraft injuries. For instance, rental companies might not properly maintain the watercraft or equipment they rent out, creating hazards. Commercial businesses (e.g., fishing expeditions, water-sports operators, etc.) may employ unqualified or inadequately trained workers. Product manufacturers can be held liable for defectively manufactured or designed products that lead to crashes or other harmful events.
If you are injured in a watercraft accident through no fault of your own, contact Corradino & Papa, LLC. They will protect your rights and pursue fair compensation for your injuries and damages.