Jetski Accidents

Chicago Jetski Accident Attorneys

Advocacy for Victims of Negligent PWC Operators – Chicago Personal Watercraft Accident Lawyers

Given our proximity to Lake Michigan, many people use personal watercrafts (PWC) like a Jetski, Sea-Doo or Wave Runner during the summer. The majority of PWC enthusiasts exercise reasonable caution and obey safe PWC practices and safety laws. However, sometimes a person using a jetski travels at an unsafe speed, fails to pay attention to potential hazards, or otherwise does not comply with applicable law and prudent safety practices. The danger of serious injury in a personal watercraft accident is also magnified by the fact that people in the water might be less visible and possess less control than when driving a car, truck, or SUV.

Why Stein & Shulman, LLC Is the Right Firm for Your PWC Accident

Our Experienced Chicago jetski accident lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC carefully investigate the facts and circumstances of a PWC accident to develop the best possible litigation strategy. We frequently utilize toxicological experts, crash reconstruction experts, PWC industry manufacturing experts, medical professionals, vocational counselors, and others with specialized knowledge to build a compelling case for jetski crash victims. The Chicago jetski accident lawyers at our law firm have drawn on 45 years of collective personal injury experience to obtain over $40 million in judgments and settlements for our clients.

Common Causes of Personal Watercraft Accidents on Lake Michigan

Jet Ski and personal watercraft accidents are commonly caused by a range of causes that include:

  • Failing to look ahead
  • Excessive speed
  • Intoxication by drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted operation of a PWC (e.g. taking selfies or texting on a cell phone)
  • Non-compliance with laws and prudent safety practices
  • Defective watercrafts
  • Improperly maintained rental equipment
  • Lack of visible clothing (poor visibility)
  • Inadequate instruction to novice riders by rental agencies
  • Unfamiliarity with water conditions (heavy seas)
  • Failure to supply renters with life jackets
  • Negligent entrustment and/or supervision
  • Unsafe operation

Pursuing Injury Claims against Watercraft Rental Businesses

The vast majority of individuals who sustain injuries in accidents involving jetskis and personal watercrafts rent their craft while vacationing. Many of the concessionaires that rent PWCs provide no instruction or safety tips to customers about handling an emergency. This failure to provide directions or a safety course can deprive riders of knowledge of even basic safety practices. When this lack of diligence is exercised, the concessionaire can be liable for negligent entrustment of a dangerous instrumentality. We represent injury victims involved in any of the following:

  • Collisions with fixed objects
  • Running over swimmers in the water
  • Drownings and near drownings
  • Groundings
  • Crashes between a PWC and another watercraft

Contact Stein & Shulman, LLC Your Chicago Jetski Injury Law Firm

If you or your loved one are injured by a jetski on Lake Michigan or on other Illinois waterways, you might have the right to financial compensation for your injuries. Our Chicago PWC injury lawyers can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. If you or your loved one has suffered a severe injury, contact us today at (312) 422-0500 or email us to schedule your no obligation free consultation.

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