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When faced with an emergency while operating a motor vehicle, your first instinct is to let off the gas and apply the brakes. In operating some jet skis or personal watercraft, however, this instinct will cause you to lose the ability to steer the craft away from danger.
The steering mechanism of jet skis requires a moving jet of water from the propulsion system which rotates at an angle at the rear of the craft. When you see danger ahead and throw back the throttle, the water no longer gives thrust to the propulsion mechanism. Therefore, steering is completely lost. Because steering is lost, the person on the jet ski may be propelled into the nearby boating accident or other danger. This is referred to as off-throttle steering.
At the Foster Law Firm, we believe this represents a defective design. We pursue product liability claims against the manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of the jet ski for injuries or deaths caused by an accident that the operator couldn't steer away from.
If you were injured or a loved one drowned in a boating accident in South Carolina, our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys can help you obtain compensation and justice so that you can move forward.