Alan Poindexter, 50, a former NASA astronaut died in June when a vacation went horribly wrong. Poindexter was enjoying a weekend of jet skiing and fun with his children when his 26-year-old son, who was riding a separate jet ski, crashed into the back of the jet ski Poindexter was riding with his 22-year-old son. Neither of the boys was injured.
Poindexter was pulled under the water by the force of the accident. He was taken to the beach where bystanders attempted to revive him but to no avail. Poindexter was later flown to Baptist Hospital where he died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the accident.
Under Florida and federal law, jet skiing accidents are covered by the legal doctrines of assumption of risk and contributory negligence. This means that the court can assume that you have a certain amount of responsibility for your own actions when an accident occurs. The court may decide that you are completely at fault when these accidents occur or they may decide that you are partly at fault depending on the specifics of the incident.
The exception to this doctrine is if it can be shown that the accident was caused by a malfunction of the jet ski that made the machine beyond the control of the driver. A rented jet ski could malfunction due to poor maintenance, making the rental concession operator liable for injuries caused by the accident. However, this type of malfunction may be difficult to prove.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a jet skiing or other kind of water sport accident in the state of Florida that you believe was caused by negligence, it is worth your while to discuss the matter with an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Cohn & Smith, P.A. Your attorney can help you to determine whether or not the accident was the result of negligence and if you are entitled to sue for monetary damages.