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Jet Ski Accidents

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When the temperature is warm, the sun is shining, and you have some available free time, what better way to spend your day than cruising the beautiful lakes, rivers, and shores of northern California? Sacramento is ideally located near waters perfect for swimming, lounging, and feeling the wind whip your face as you race around on your jet ski. While jet skiing is a fun and enthralling activity, it can quickly become extremely dangerous when jet ski drivers do not exercise caution and restraint.

Jet skis are powerful watercraft that are capable of going up to 65 mph. This is as fast as a car on the interstate. However, a jet ski is not equipped with seatbelts or airbags. Though jet ski accidents are rare, they do have the potential to cause traumatic and debilitating injuries.

Common Causes of Jet Ski Accidents

While some jet skiers own their watercraft and tow their wave runners to the lake each weekend, most individuals out on the water are vacationers who rent jet skis from local rental shops. These rental shops are located near major lakes, rivers, and beaches. To rent a jet ski, you need to pay an hourly fee and allow the rental company to photograph your license. However, you are otherwise largely left to your own devices. This includes figuring out how to start, drive, and maneuver the jet ski. No training or educational courses are provided.

Jet skis are not the hardest watercraft to operate. However, due to lack of education and reckless driving, they are the cause of many water-related accidents.

Common causes of jet ski accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Not looking ahead
  • Swerving without checking for oncoming traffic
  • Entering restricted areas designated for swimming
  • Bad weather
  • Choppy surf
  • Reckless or careless operation
  • Lack of training and education
  • Operating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Collisions
  • Groundings in shallow water
Compensation for Jet Ski Injuries

Victims injured in jet ski accidents are eligible for a variety of different forms of compensation, including:

  • Lost past and future wages
  • Unpaid past and future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Punitive damages

The negligent operator of the jet ski and often times the owner of the jet ski, usually a rental company, may be liable for these damages.

Contacting an Experienced Sacramento Jet Ski Accident Attorney

The Edward A Smith Law Offices has dedicated almost 40 years to providing local Sacramento and northern California clients with unparalleled customer service. Since 1982, our law firm has focused exclusively on personal injury. Our attorneys develop close, personal relationships with our clients, and we hope to be able to welcome you to the family. During your time of need, we will assist you with understanding any potential claims you may have, investigating your case, and pursuing compensation. 

Sacramento Jet Ski Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Jet Ski Accident Attorney with the primary accident information site on the web, If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a jetski accident caused by the negligence of another, call me now at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400 for free, friendly advice.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 4.27.20]

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