A jet ski accident claim is the last thing that anyone wants to think about when they go on holiday or take part in some sporting activity. Known as the motorbikes of the sea, jet skis are becoming more popular both off the shores of Britain and abroad. Whilst jet skis are undoubtedly fun and over the years they have become both more comfortable and safer, they still remain a dangerous form of transport. Every year, jet ski accidents result in serious injuries or even death.
Jet ski accidents are more likely to happen on holiday because this is when many people like to try out new activities. Jet skis are small, powerful, very manoeuvrable and apparently easy to use. Anyone can climb aboard, open the throttle and shoot across the water, spray flying everywhere. Jet skis can seem like toys, but their power makes them much more dangerous. The University of Florida has conducted research which shows that jet ski accidents result in more serious injuries than other types of boating accident.
Common causes of jet ski accidents are hitting an obstacle that is hidden beneath the water, running into another boat, or riding into too shallow water which results in weeds being sucked into the jet system and the machine stopping suddenly. Sharp movements, braking or large waves can cause the driver and passenger to be thrown from the jet ski. Other accidents are caused by riders driving whilst intoxicated with drugs or alcohol and being involved in collisions with surfers, swimmers or other jet skis in the water.
Such accidents can result in head injuries, drowning, broken bones and leg injuries. However, the accidents can also have more tragic results.
Making a jet ski accident claim
As with any other vehicle or boat, the person driving the jet ski does have a responsibility to ensure that they take care to avoid swimmers, other jet skiers or other boats. If you want to make a jet ski accident claim for an accident that was not your fault, however, then speak to our advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. Our advisers and lawyers have years of experience in helping individuals with their personal injury claims arising from sports, workplace accidents or other areas. Although there is always a risk to taking part in sporting activities, the average person cannot be expected to know if the specialised equipment they are using has been checked properly, or whether the training they have been given is adequate.
If you have been hit by a jet ski you may be able to claim compensation from the driver’s insurance. Sea injury compensation claims have a shorter time limit of two years compared to personal injury claims.
Making a jet ski accident claim for an injury that has occurred abroad can be complicated. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to get the information and documents that you need to make a claim. We will also advise you as to whether your claim can be heard in a UK court rather than the country in which it occurred. It can be difficult to claim from a local company overseas, but you may be able to claim from your tour operator. Call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.