Whether you are riding in Lake Michigan, Des Plaines River, Chicago River, Fox River, Illinois River, Chain O’Lakes or the many other rivers, streams and lakes in the Chicago area, jet skis can be a fun and thrilling way to travel. However, they also present significant dangers.
A jet ski accident can happen for a number of reasons. If you are a passenger on a jet ski, the driver of the personal watercraft (PWC) may take dangerous risks. You may be thrown from the jet ski and injured. Another driver you are sharing the waterways with may be careless and cause a jet ski accident. In some cases, the design of the jet ski itself may create problems or cause malfunctions that lead to injury.
Whenever you are involved in a jet ski accident caused by another, it is important to speak with a Chicago jet ski accident lawyer to find out what legal relief you may be entitled to receive.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we help victims of jet ski accidents to recover money for their losses. We can put our legal skills to work for you. Call us today at 312-372-1227 or use our online form to arrange a free consultation.
Jet skis (also called “wet bikes” and “wave runners”) have become popular. Roughly 11 percent of all registered boats in the U.S. are personal watercrafts. As more people ride jet skis, the risk of accidents increases. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, PWCs were involved in 19 percent of the 4,588 reported boating accidents in 2011. These accidents led to 44 deaths (18 involving drowning) and a total of 764 injuries.
Jet ski accidents throughout Chicago and the U.S. have a number of potential causes. These include:
Some of these causes can be attributed to errors on the part of the person operating the jet ski, and others can be attributed to manufacturing defects or poor maintenance of the jet ski.
When a jet ski accident occurs as a result of operator error, design defect or improper maintenance, those who suffer injury may be entitled to legal relief. Possible scenarios include:
The Chicago jet ski accident lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can determine what potential defendant or defendants may be responsible for your jet ski accident. We can pursue a claim for damages against the appropriate party. These damages may include payment for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, wrongful death and other damages.
When you are seeking to impose legal responsibility for damages on either a jet ski operator or a person whose negligent maintenance caused an accident, you will need to prove that the other party was negligent. You can do this in one of two ways:
Our Chicago jet ski accident lawyers can help you to determine what legal theory or theories will help you to prove negligence and recover money damages after your accident.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our attorneys have obtained substantial recoveries on behalf of our clients. We have secured verdicts in excess of $1 million in more than 180 cases and collected more than $630 million in damages for our clients. We can put our skill and experience to work for you in your Chicago jet ski accident case. Call us today at 312-372-1227 or fill out our online form to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.