A tragic accident in Bradenton left one teenager dead and his brother in critical condition after a jet ski and boat collision on Manatee River. Just before the accident, the boys were in their boat in a no-wake zone. Two jet ski drivers saw the boys, but a third jet ski operator didn’t see the boat in time. They hit the boat head on, leaving one 14-year-old boy dead and his brother in the ICU.
Jet ski vs. boat accidents: who’s responsible?
Boats and jet skis offer distinct experiences on the water. The speed, maneuverability, and visibility factors of both vessels can lead to collisions that cause personal injuries. These accidents can occur due to various reasons, such as:
- Operator negligence: Inattentive or reckless operation of either a boat or a jet ski can lead to collisions with other vessels or obstacles.
- Right of way disputes: Confusion over right of way rules among boaters and jet ski operators can result in accidents.
- Visibility challenges: Jet skis are often smaller and harder to spot, especially in crowded waterways, potentially leading to collisions with larger boats—like the accident above.
- Speed and maneuverability: The speed and agility of jet skis can sometimes make them difficult to predict and avoid, contributing to accidents.
Boat vs. jet ski accidents are typically litigated as negligence claims. In the context of boating, negligence refers to a failure to exercise reasonable care, caution and prudence that a responsible and prudent person would under similar circumstances. When someone's negligence leads to an accident, injuries or property damage, they may be held legally liable for the consequences.
Factors such as navigational rules, operator negligence and speed violations can influence liability. If the claim is successful, compensation for personal injuries may cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and property damage, among other expenses.
If you’ve been injured in a boat or jet ski accident, contact a trusted Bradenton, FL accident attorney at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh for help.