Jet boating can be an exciting way to enjoy time outdoors during the summer in California, Oregon, Washington, New York, and Alaska. While riding a jetboat is a recreational activity for many in these states, unfortunately, it can result in some serious injuries. The same goes for many types of boat operators and passengers alike. The fun pastime carries its risks just like any recreational activity on the water.

As a maritime passenger, you are owed a duty of reasonable care under the circumstances. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries on a jet boat in the waters of Oregon, Washington, California, New York, or Alaska, including the North Pacific, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Puget Sound, Willamette River, Rogue River, Columbia River, and the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska, contact BOATLAW, LLP.

Pursuant to 46 U.S.C. § 30508, a passenger has less than 6 months after the date of injury or death to provide written notice of a claim, and has less than 1 year after the date of injury or death to file a lawsuit. It is therefore imperative that an injured passenger or a family member of a passenger killed at sea act as quickly as possible to consult with an experienced maritime lawyer. BOATLAW, LLP has a proven track record of holding jet boat companies responsible for passenger injuries. Call us today at 1-800-262-8529.

Attorneys for Jet Boat Passengers in Oregon, New York, Washington, California, and Alaska

If you have sustained an injury onboard a vessel, feel free to consult with an experienced admiralty and maritime attorney. Our boating accident lawyers at BOATLAW, LLP have represented jet boat operators and passengers injured in accidents since 1977. Our attorneys are standing by to receive your call and review your maritime injury claim.

There are several reasons for why boating accidents may occur, such as poor boat maintenance or the operator being under the influence. Despite the circumstances surrounding your accident it’s important to remember that you may deserve compensation after being injured due to another’s negligence. Your first consultation is free, so schedule yours now by calling 1-800-262-8529.

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Common Jet Ski Passenger Injuries

Unfortunately, jet boats offer very little to no protection when a crash occurs. As a result, passengers can be severely injured or killed after an accident. When a collision occurs, individuals operating the jet boat or traveling as a passenger may suffer from serious injuries such as:

  • Head injuries – Many passengers suffer from a concussion after a jet boat accident. Head injuries can range from a head laceration to a traumatic brain injury. Concussions can cause nausea, loss of memory, vomiting, confusion, and headaches, among other symptoms. Traumatic brain injuries can require life-long care and treatment.
  • Whiplash – Whiplash is painful neck strain. It occurs when the head is suddenly forced backward and then forward by some force.
  • Back injuries – When a jet boat crash occurs, passengers can also suffer from severe back injuries.
  • Burns – A fire or an explosion can sometimes occur on jet boat and cause passengers to suffer from burns. Severe burns can result in life-altering injuries, both physically and mentally.
  • Broken bones – Crashing into another jet boat can result in fractured or broken bones.
  • Drowning – Jet boat passengers can potentially drown during a collision or other incident. Common causes for drowning accidents also include faulty personal flotation devices, unsafe jetboat maneuvers, collisions, failure to properly train jet boat captains and crew, and failure to perform regular safety inspections.

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Common Reasons for Jet Boat Accidents

Jet boat passengers and others are injured in too often on the water in California, Oregon, Washington, California, Connecticut, New York, or Alaska due to many reasons. Examples of common causes for recreational boat accidents that may qualify as negligence include:

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Operating a Jet Boat Under the Influence (BUI)

Boating under the influence, also known as BUI, is considered a serious offense. According to the US Coast Guard (USCG)’s recreational boating statistics from 2019, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. Where the primary cause was known, a BUI offense is listed as the leading factor in 23% of deaths.

Under state laws, an individual may be convicted of boating under the influence (BUI) if they are impaired by alcohol or drugs. They can also be convicted if found having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. If a person has been injured in a BUI incident, it is advised to seek legal counsel from a maritime personal injury attorney.

A maritime personal injury attorney can file a claim against the person at fault for your injury. They can determine who is the liable party, find supporting evidence for your claim, and then negotiate on your behalf. If the liable party won’t settle, they can litigate the matter further in court. A successful case filing will mean compensation for your claim as well as damages. That means you’ll receive a monetary award for all losses related to your injury such as lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.

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Additional Resources for Jet Boat Passengers

Recreational Boat Statistics | U.S Coast Guard – The U.S. Coast Guard provides recent sets of data for boating accident statistics. The statistics can be found on accident reports that are filed by the operators of recreational vessels involved in accidents.

The American Boating Association – The American Boating Association (ABA) is headquartered in New Market, MD. The organization offers an exclusive membership to boating enthusiasts from across the nation. Visit the website to view boating resources, access benefits, or join ABA.

National Marine Statistics – Visit the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) website to view statistics and research on marine products and services. NMMA advocates alongside its 1,300 members to protect and expand the recreational boating industry around the world.

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Maritime Injury Lawyers for Jet Boat Passengers | BOATLAW, LLP

If you or a loved one has been injured in a jet boat accident, it is important to retain the services of a maritime attorney. Our boat accident lawyers at BOATLAW, LLP are experienced in all areas of admiralty law. We will fight for you to receive the fair compensation you deserve.

We represent seamen and maritime workers who have suffered serious injuries throughout the Pacific Northwest and the United States, including in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, New York, and California. Call 1-800-262-8529 today to schedule your free initial consultation. We are ready to review your case.

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