The Role of Your Attorney

Although operators of motor vehicles in South Carolina are required to carry car insurance, boaters are not required by law to carry boating insurance, so the at-fault operator who caused your accident might or might not have liability coverage. In the absence of insurance, you could look to your own insurer for immediate compensation for damages and then file a personal injury suit against the negligent party. If you win that suit and collect money, your insurer could have a subrogation claim against the award to recoup the money it paid to you.

Such complex legal procedures are best handled with the help of a PWC accident attorney who can investigate your crash to identify and demand compensation from all possible defendants: a negligent vessel operator, a rental company, or a manufacturer of PWCs or replacement parts. Even if you’re found partially responsible for your own wreck, your attorney can present evidence to show your portion of fault was 50% or less so that you can still collect a fair percentage of the compensation awarded by the court.

What to Do After a PWC Crash

If you’ve been involved in a PWC accident, your first priorities are to check yourself and your passengers for injury and move to a safe place. You should then follow the steps below, if possible, to strengthen your claim for damages:

  • Call 911 or the Coast Guard.
  • Get names, as well as contact and insurance information, from other parties involved in the crash.
  • Get contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • Take pictures of the damage to your craft and any others, as well as your injuries.
  • Don’t admit any fault to anyone.
  • Report your accident to your own insurer.
  • See a doctor right away, even if you don’t feel seriously injured.
  • Contact a personal injury lawyer who works with maritime cases.
  • If your crash caused property damage, injuries, loss of consciousness, or death, report it to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

Taking these steps will strengthen your claim by documenting your crash and the injuries you’ve suffered, identifying the at-fault parties in the accident, and proving the liability of all defendants.

Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured In A Boat or Jet Ski Accident?

If you've been injured in a boating accident or a jet ski accident you should speak with an accident injury lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Charleston, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.2359 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Conway, Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Mt. PleasantNorth Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.