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Personal Watercraft (PWC) Accident: Navigating Legal Waters

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Personal watercraft, including Jet Skis, Wave Runners, and Sea-Doos, offer exhilarating aquatic adventures. However, when these thrilling experiences turn into accidents, the consequences can be devastating. Fielding Law recognizes the unique challenges individuals face in the aftermath of personal watercraft accidents. Our practice understands the complexities of maritime laws and the intricacies involved in seeking compensation for injuries sustained in such incidents.

As enthusiasts of water sports ourselves, we appreciate the joy and excitement that a personal watercraft can bring. Yet, we also recognize the potential dangers and the need for legal support when accidents occur. With a profound understanding of the nuances in this area of law, Fielding Law is your dedicated ally in navigating the aftermath of personal watercraft accidents.

Choosing Fielding Law means selecting a legal partner with a proven track record in personal injury cases, including watercraft accidents. Our commitment to client success, legal expertise, and relentless advocacy sets us apart. We prioritize your well-being, striving to secure the compensation you deserve.

How is Liability Determined?

Determining Liability in personal watercraft accidents is a pivotal step toward a successful claim, and Fielding Law adopts a meticulous approach that encompasses various elements:

Thorough Investigations: Our team conducts exhaustive investigations, leaving no stone unturned to gather evidence crucial for identifying the responsible party. We ensure that every aspect of the accident is meticulously examined.

Expert Analysis: We collaborate with experts in relevant fields to conduct a thorough analysis of the accident’s circumstances. This expertise contributes to building a robust case in your favor, enhancing the strength of your claim.

Witness Statements: Obtaining detailed statements from witnesses is a fundamental part of our strategy. These statements add layers of evidence, providing valuable insights and strengthening the overall case.

Utilizing Maritime Laws: Personal watercraft accidents often involve intricate maritime laws. Fielding Law’s expertise in this specialized area ensures the accurate application of maritime laws relevant to your case, adding a layer of legal sophistication.

By entrusting your personal watercraft accident case to Fielding Law, you gain access to comprehensive legal support rooted in experience, dedication, and a steadfast commitment to your recovery.

Laws and Regulations of a Personal Watercraft

California Boating Laws and Regulations:

California law mandates that individuals aged 16 or older must possess a California Boater Card to operate vessels powered by a motor of 15 hp or more, including personal watercraft (PWCs). Exceptions include supervised operation for those aged 12 to 15 and specific allowances for sailboats and dinghies.

Arizona Boating Laws and Regulations:

In Arizona, no one under the age of 12 may operate a vessel with a motor greater than 8 horsepower (which includes PWCs) unless:

An emergency exists, or… The child’s parent or legal guardian is on board, or… Another person at least 18 years of age is on board.


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Common Causes of Personal Watercraft Accidents

Understanding the factors contributing to personal watercraft incidents is crucial for safety. Fielding Law highlights the primary causes and addresses the legalities surrounding them, including California and Arizona Boating Laws and Regulations.

  • Inexperience
  • Inadequate instruction
  • Speeding
  • Reckless operation
  • Intoxication
  • Distraction
  • Violations of navigational rules
  • Insufficient adult supervision
  • Failure to keep a lookout
  • Hazardous waters
  • Improper or lack of watercraft maintenance
  • Defects

Negligence in any of these areas can lead to severe accidents, including collisions, injuries, or even fatalities. When facing such incidents, it is crucial to hold responsible parties accountable. Fielding Law, with its expertise in personal injury law, stands ready to fight for justice on your behalf. We work diligently to identify liable parties, present compelling cases, and seek maximum compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and more. Contact Fielding Law to navigate the legal complexities and secure the justice you deserve.

What to Do After a Personal Watercraft Accident

In the wake of a Personal Watercraft (PWC) accident, the immediate aftermath can be disorienting and overwhelming. Knowing the precise steps to take is paramount to safeguarding your rights, ensuring your well-being, and laying the groundwork for a successful recovery. Consider this comprehensive guide:

  1. Ensure Safety: Prioritize the well-being of all parties involved. If possible, move to a safe location to avoid further harm.
  2. Seek Medical Attention: Regardless of the perceived severity of injuries, promptly seek medical assistance. Injuries sustained in PWC accidents may not always manifest immediately, and a medical evaluation can uncover hidden issues.
  3. Document the Scene: Utilize your smartphone or camera to thoroughly document the accident scene. Capture images of all involved vessels, the extent of damages, the positioning of watercraft, prevailing weather conditions, and any visible injuries. Time-stamp the photos for accuracy.
  4. Exchange Information: Gather crucial details from all parties involved, including names, contact information, operator’s license numbers, insurance details, and personal watercraft registration information. Obtain contact information from any witnesses present.
  5. Report to Authorities: Notify the relevant maritime authorities about the incident. This ensures an official report is generated, providing a factual foundation for any subsequent legal proceedings.
  6. Preserve Evidence: Retain any personal items or clothing that sustained damage during the accident. These items may serve as tangible evidence in assessing the severity of the impact.
  7. Consult an Attorney: It is imperative to consult with a personal injury attorney experienced in personal watercraft accidents. Contact Fielding Law at 833.88.SHARK for a free, confidential consultation. Our legal experts can guide you on the next steps, ensuring your rights are protected.

By diligently following these steps, you not only contribute to your immediate safety but also create a foundation for building a robust case if legal action becomes necessary. Fielding Law is here to be your trusted legal partner, providing support and advocacy as you navigate the complexities of a PWC accident aftermath.

Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

Navigating the complexities of personal watercraft accidents can be incredibly challenging. This is where an experienced personal injury attorney can make all the difference. When you have been involved in a personal watercraft accident, having a dedicated legal team on your side is essential. Here is why you should consider hiring an attorney:

Thorough Investigations: Attorneys are skilled at conducting thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding the accident. They leave no stone unturned to gather essential evidence.

Gathering Evidence: Building a strong case requires collecting evidence that supports your claims. Attorneys have the expertise to ensure all relevant evidence is gathered and preserved.

Interviewing Witnesses: Witness testimonies can be crucial in personal watercraft accident cases. Attorneys know how to interview witnesses effectively to obtain valuable information.

Developing a Compelling Case: Attorneys have the legal expertise to develop a compelling case on your behalf. They understand the nuances of personal injury law and how to present your case persuasively.

At Fielding Law, our approach is based on the understanding that no two personal watercraft accident cases are identical. We tailor our legal strategies to your specific circumstances to maximize your chances of success. While we handle the legal complexities, you can focus on your recovery and well-being.

Your Advocates for Personal Watercraft Accident Claims

Navigating the challenging waters of Personal Watercraft (PWC) accidents requires a dedicated and experienced legal team, and Fielding Law is your steadfast navigator. We are committed to standing by your side, upholding your rights, pursuing justice, and securing the compensation necessary for your recovery.

At Fielding Law, we recognize the unique complexities of PWC accidents and the impact they can have on victims. Our legal experts are well-versed in maritime laws and personal injury litigation, ensuring a comprehensive approach to your case. By choosing Fielding Law, you are not just getting legal representation; you are gaining a partner dedicated to your well-being.

Contact us at 833.88.SHARK for a confidential consultation, and let us be your anchor in the legal currents. Your journey to justice and recovery starts with Fielding Law, where we navigate the complexities, so you can focus on healing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do immediately after a Personal Watercraft (PWC) accident?
After a PWC accident, prioritize safety. Seek medical attention for any injuries, report the incident to the relevant authorities, collect contact information from involved parties, and document the scene with photos if possible.
Can I file a personal injury claim for a PWC accident?
If you have been injured in a PWC accident due to someone else's negligence, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to assess the circumstances and determine the viability of your claim.
Is it necessary to report a PWC accident?
Yes, it is crucial to report a PWC accident. In many locations, accidents involving personal watercraft must be reported to local authorities. This helps establish an official record of the incident, which may be essential for legal and insurance purposes.
How can a personal injury attorney help with my PWC accident case?
A personal injury attorney specializing in maritime law can provide valuable assistance after a PWC accident. They can help you navigate the legal complexities, gather evidence, assess liability, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if necessary, represent you in court to seek compensation for damages.

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I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Fielding in the past, and I cannot recommend him and his team enough. They're true professionals from intake to close outs, and will make sure a difficult process goes as smoothly as possible. All-around great guy and one heck of an attorney.


As a fellow Arizona attorney, my interactions with Fielding Law was top notch. Both attorneys and support staff were friendly and helpful. Plus, their office in Tempe is brand new and very cool.


It was great to have Clark and his team in our corner. We were t-boned by someone that ran a red light. However, while we were being taken to the hospital, the other driver told the police that it was our fault. With things not looking good, Clark was able to get our side of the story reported to the police, deal with all the doctors and insurance people and get us a settlement. They went above and beyond what we thought was possible. Can’t imagine dealing with this nightmare without Clark and his team.


It was great to have Clark and his team in our corner. We were t-boned by someone that ran a red light. However, while we were being taken to the hospital, the other driver told the police that it was our fault. With things not looking good, Clark was able to get our side of the story reported to the police, deal with all the doctors and insurance people and get us a settlement. They went above and beyond what we thought was possible. Can’t imagine dealing with this nightmare without Clark and his team.