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Thousands of residents and visitors flock to the warm waters of South Florida to enjoy the scenery while riding a personal watercraft (PWC). You may know these vehicles by their common names, such as waverunners and jet skis; they are popular as a mode of transportation as well as recreation. However, whether you own your own craft or rent from one of the many companies that line the beaches from West Palm Beach down to Miami, there are risks involved with PWCs. Statistics from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are proof: The counties along Florida’s southern coastline rank high for fatal and injury-causing PWC accidents.

Many of these incidents are the result of careless, reckless acts, and could have been prevented through the exercise of due caution. If you were injured on a PWC because of someone else’s negligence, you should get in touch with a Miami boating and marine accidents lawyer right away. Some background information may also be helpful.

Common Causes of PWC Accidents

Miami Boating Accidents Often Result in Serious Injuries

At Gerson & Schwartz, P.A., our maritime accident lawyers represent the victims of serious boating accidents and injuries.  We understand the complexities of maritime law and know how to hold negligent boat operators, manufacturers, cruise lines, marinas, and others who operate in the recreational boating industry responsible for their actions.


The recent death of Jose Fernandez gained significant attention locally and nationally. Hernandez, who was under the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol crashed his boat into a large group of rocks located on South East side of Government Cut. Accidents like these are preventable and avoidable. Hernandez’s death has resulted in a high profile wrongful death lawsuit. The allegations in that lawsuit filed in Miami Dade County Circuit Court, highlight the many dangers and types of reckless conduct that can result in boat accident fatalities.  Our injury lawyers urge all boat operators and passengers to exercise extreme caution this boating season.

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