The summer of 2020 saw a huge increase in participation in all kinds of water sports. However, this same increase in aquatic sports also brought with it an increase in aquatic accidents.
In July 2020, two men lost their lives in a jet skiing accident near Evers Marina in Eastchester Bay. Police officials have reported that the fatal accident occurred around 9PM and that it is likely that low visibility may have played a part in the crash.
Witnesses reported seeing the two riders operating their watercraft at a high rate of speed before they crossed each other's path and collided. Both jet ski operators were thrown from the vessels after the crash and were rescued by a private vessel that was in the area.
Units from the New York Police Department, Fire Department, and Coast Guard responded to the accident; both victims were transported to Jacobi Medical Center in The Bronx where they were later pronounced dead.
The tragic deaths of the two jet ski riders mark the risks associated with watercraft operation and particularly jet skis, given that riders are largely exposed while driving this type of PWC.
Though watersports involving boats, jet skis, and other personal watercraft are often seen as leisurely activities, this perception can cause participants to forget about the risks associated with them.
Much like when driving on a highway, it is not your own experience and aptitude that can lead to a grave accident. On the water, one must also consider that other individuals operating watercraft could cause a crash, even when you're taking all the proper cautionary measures hoping to avoid it.
When the negligence and carelessness of another person results in you or a loved one suffering injuries, you have the right to seek justice. The civil justice system allows individuals to file a lawsuit that helps them fight for compensation with the goal of making them whole. And while there is no amount of money that can turn back time and change the course of events, it can help victims to cover the expenses associated with injuries.
A jet ski or PWC accident lawsuit can be filed against a rental company, an individual, or other entities. Yet the legal process for filing and winning a claim is complex and extensive. Seeking the guidance of an experienced aquatic accident lawyer can often prove invaluable to victims. Experienced attorneys will not only be familiar with the legal process, they will also know the kinds of evidence that need to be collected to build a strong case. If expert witnesses must be consulted, your attorney will also manage this.
Banville Law offers free water injury consultations; we also only work on a contingency-fee-basis, so if we're not able to secure compensation on your behalf, you will not have to pay any legal fees.