Personal water crafts (PWC) have been around for more than 30 years. The first small PWCs were produced in the 1970s in the USA and were vehicles to be enjoyed by solo riders. In 1986, Yamaha introduced the WaveRunner, the world’s first tandem (multiple rider) model PWC.
With thousands of miles of lakes, oceans, and shorelines in the United States, it should be no surprise to the growing popularity of personal watercrafts and Yamaha WaveRunners. Consumers like them because they are small, maneuverable, and powerful; however, PWC’s like a Yamaha WaveRunner can often cause far greater injury than other boating accidents. This is often due to the lack of seat belts and the increased chance of going airborne or being ejected from the WaveRunner during a collision. In some cases, a defective product leads to serious injury or death.
Common Causes of PWC Accidents:
- Defective machinery
- Lack of or inadequate warnings
- Operator inexperience
- Intoxication (boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol)
PWC victims sustain more brain injuries (closed-head injury), more traumas to the chest and/or abdomen, and more broken bones compared to riders in a boat.
Justice for Yamaha Waverunner Accident Victims and Jet Ski Accident Victims
Our attorneys, along with co-counsel, accused Yamaha Motor Corp. USA of failing to correct a known steering defect with their 2001 personal water craft and then failing to adequately warn people that an operator could not steer without throttle. The safety warning was inexplicably removed from the 2001 owner’s manual even though the danger still existed and had been listed in prior operating manuals (from 1986 to 2000). This product defect claimed the life of first-time teen operator Jaysell Perez and seriously injured her friend Samantha Archer when they collided with a boat. Perez had no idea that she had to increase energy in a collision avoidance situation. After a six-week trial, a jury found that the Yamaha steering defect resulted in Perez and Archer crashing into a boat and awarded a $39 million verdict.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed on a Yamaha Wave Runner personal watercraft, a jet ski, or was in a boating accident and would like to learn more about your legal rights--
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