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September 13, 2016

Miami Beach WaveRunner Rental Company Sued for Violating Boating Safety Laws

WaveRunner-Accident-Miami.jpgOur Florida Board Certified Admiralty & Maritime lawyers have brought a lawsuit against a Miami Beach WaveRunner rental company for its violation of boating safety laws which contributed to our client's injuries. The complaint filed in Federal court alleges that our client was a part of a group of people who rented a yacht along with WaveRunners from the concessionaire. The concessionaire supplied the yacht captain. During the course of the day, the yacht passengers took turns operating the WaveRunners. Our client was given no training on how to properly operate the personal watercraft. The yacht captain had a practice of operating the yacht in close proximity to the people riding the WaveRunners. The yacht, given its size, produced a significant wake. While our client was operating the WaveRunner, the yacht gave off a wake that was parallel to the path our client was heading. Having little of no time to maneuver away from the wake, our client hit the wake causing him to be thrown into the air and land hard onto the personal watercraft.

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July 18, 2016

Brais Brais Rusak Obtains 1.18 Million Dollar Verdict in a Jet Ski Collision Case

Jet-Ski-Accident-1.18-Million-Dollar-Verdict.jpgOur client Khalila Jenkins was enjoying Labor Day Weekend in Miami Beach in 2013 when she decided to go jet skiing with friends. The group rented the personal watercrafts and took off to ride in the area designated by the rental company. The rental company required the group as well as other people who rented personal watercrafts to remain in an area which was marked by floating markers. Ms. Jenkins was riding on the back of the Jet Ski while her friend operated the craft. Before long Ms. Jenkins noticed that some of the people were operating their jet skis in a reckless manner, playing games of chicken and trying to splash one another with the spray from the crafts' pump. Ms. Jenkins told her friend who was operating her jet ski to move away from those people which he did. While returning to shore, Tony Jakes of Nevada, t-boned the personal watercraft Ms. Jenkins' was riding at full speed. This collision caused a displaced fracture of Ms. Jenkins' left tibia and fibula before ejecting her into the water. Luckily, she was wearing a life jacket at the time. This, perhaps, saved her life.

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October 21, 2014

Bucking Problems with the Yamaha Waverunner FZS

Florida Boat Accident Lawyer.gifThe maritime lawyers were retained by a Palmetto Bay, Florida woman who suffered a severe fracture to her ankle after being ejected from a Yamaha Waverunner FZS. It has been wildly reported that the FZS model Waverunner has problems with "bucking" sending riders flying from the personal watercraft. This problem occurs in any type of weather conditions. In this case, the water was claim and the Waverunner FZS was being operated in a straight line. This problem is thought to be caused by a improper designed intake grate. If you or someone you known was bucked off a Waverunner FZS, we like to speak with you. You may reach us toll free at (800) 499-0551.

September 17, 2013

South Beach Jet Ski Accident Victim Hires BBR Attorneys

New York Cruise Injury Attorneys.jpgBBR attorneys have been retained to represent a woman who sustained a fractured fibula and fibula when a jet ski rented from a Miami Beach marina T-boned the personal watercraft she was riding aboard. The woman underwent emergency surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Marinas renting jet skis are required under Florida law to provide renters comprehensive instruction and possible on water proficiency reviews before allowing the renters to leave the dock. Unfortunately, this does always happen and accidents occur. The woman was visiting South Florida from New York

July 23, 2012

Brais Law Represents Woman Injured in Miami Beach Jet Ski Accident

Florida Jet Ski Accident Lawyers.gifThe Miami jet ski injury lawyers of Brais Law represent a woman who was injured on a Jet Ski while on vacation at Miami Beach, Florida. The accident caused a significant head injury so much so that she was airlifted to Jackson Trauma Center for treatment. The complaint filed in Miami circuit court alleges the Jet Ski concessionaire negligently entrusted the personal watercraft by not providing any of the instruction required by Florida law.

September 12, 2011

Florida Boy Injured in a Personal Watercraft Accident

The Palm Beach Post reports an 11-year-old boy injured his shoulder when the personal watercraft he was operating struck a dock on September 11th. The boy was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

The owner of the personal watercraft, John Pajares, 49, of Lake Clarke Shores, Florida, was cited for allowing the boy to operate the craft. Florida law requires personal watercraft operators to be at least 14 years old. Authorities also cited the boy for being too young to operate a personal watercraft and for failure to have completed a boating safety course. Completing an approved boating safety course is required for anyone 21 years old or younger who is operating a boat with 10 horsepower or more in Florida.

The law firm of Brais & Brais regularly handles Florida personal watercraft and jet ski injury cases. If you or a loved one was injured in a personal watercraft or jet ski accidents and would like to know your legal rights, please contact our Florida Board Certified Maritime Attorneys.

July 25, 2011

Jet Ski Accident at Orlando Area Resort Sends 2 the Hospital

The Herald Sun reports a couple was injured in a Jet Ski accident at an Orlando area resort. The article states the driver and passenger were taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Centre for treatment after the crash at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort, about 7.45pm on July 24th

Witnesses told authorities the watercraft appeared to be traveling about 65km/h when the accident happened. The man suffered 2 broken arms and a cut on his head. The woman was treated and released.

July 6, 2011

Florida Jet Ski Accident Sends 2 to the Hospital reports two Jet Skis collided in the area of 88th Street and Collins Avenue in Surfside, Florida, on July 3rd. According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), a man and a woman were riding their jet skis when the two personal watercrafts collided. Eyewitness Kelli Denis stated, "All of a sudden we see two jet skis flying across-- like, really fast. And, they stopped," Denis also said "And they were on the shore and we thought that they were stuck. So, my dad and my friend, Kevin, went over there to see if they were alright."

Both riders were airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. The woman was rushed to the trauma unit, while the man is reportedly in more stable condition. The FWC is currently investigating the crash and a report is pending.

If you would like to learn more about the law and jet ski accidents, please visit our webpage written by our Floirda jet ski accident attorneys.

May 30, 2011

Personal Watercraft Accident Leaves Passenger in the Hospital

The Daytona-Beach News Journal reports a personal watercraft accident occurred in the Intracoastal Waterway between Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach. The accident happened about 3:45 p.m. on March 29 -- the operator was arrested for boating under the influence. After being ejected from the personal watercraft, the female passenger was airlifted to Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach. Her condition is presently unknown.

May 30, 2011

Singer Sean Kingston Crashes Personal Watercraft into Miami Bridge

The Miami-Herald reports Miami born pop singer Sean Kingston, 21, crashed a personal watercraft into Palm Island Bridge in Biscayne Bay around 6 p.m. on May 29. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission stated Kingston was driving the personal watercraft with a female passenger on board when the accident occurred. A passing boater saw the accident and took the two aboard. Miami-Beach Fire Rescue took Kingston and his passenger to Ryder Trauma Center. Though their medical status is not immediately known, Kingston is believed to be in critical condition.

April 28, 2011

Riviera Beach Personal Watercraft Crash Injures Rider

The Palm Beach Post reports two people were thrown off a personal watercraft near Peanut Island in Riviera Beach on April 24 after hitting a channel marker. The cause of the accident is being blamed on the craft having mechanical problems.

According to a statement from Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department, one rider was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The other was uninjured.

April 27, 2011

Teenage Girl's Leg Severed Below the Knee in Lake Gibson Personal Watercraft Accident reports a teenage girl had part of her leg amputated when two personal watercraft collided on Lake Gibson at a high speed.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesman Gary Morse stated the victim and a 15-year-old girl were riding Polaris jet propelled personal watercaft together about 2:30 p.m. on April 24, 2011 when they collided. It is estimated that both girls were traveling at 30 mph, and the impact severed the 14-year-old's left leg below the knee. The other girl was not injured.

The FWC has not released either girl's name but provide photos of the two Polaris personal watercrafts. Both are registered to Bob and Bonnie Roebuck of Lakeland.

Roebuck said the accident happened about 150 yards from his property on the north shore of Lake Gibson. He said the girls had been gone only about five minutes when he heard screaming and got in a boat to rescue the girl, bringing her back to his dock. The injured teenager was helivaced to Tampa General Hospital. Neither of the teens completed the boater-safety course required in Florida for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988.

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Photo of the damaged Polaris personal watercrafts