What are Water Tubes?
Tubes are towed floatation devices on water are generally not true inner tubes but rather specially designed tubes for the purpose of recreation. These tubes are sold as toys. However, they are anything but toys. From my experience, these tubes are extremely dangerous.
"Tubing" continues to cause serious injury. These tubes are inherently dangerous because they do not allow riders to control the tube. Which means that persons riding the tubes are literally "sitting-ducks."
Another Tubing Accident For The Books
It happened again. On August 3, 2009, the San Diego Union reported a 14 year old boy was badly injured in Mission Bay, San Diego when he was struck by a personal watercraft while tubing. Tubers can not take evasive action. So boats collide with the tubes, injuring the kids riding in the tubes.
Mission Bay is considered "navigable waters" of the US. Meaning, that maritime law applies if you are injured while tubing. This is important for several reasons. One is that maritime law does not allow "assumption of the risk." In addition, Federal navigation rules apply (called "Rules of the Road"). Maritime lawyers use the navigational rules to assign fault or liability.
Tubes are Defectively Designed
We firmly believe that all of these tube-type devices are inherently defective because they do not allow users any navigational control. The important thing for you or your loved ones that are injured by these tubes is to hire a seasoned boat injury lawyer (called a maritime lawyer). The last thing you need is an auto accident lawyer or a dog-bite lawyer. Finally, beware of lawyers calling themselves boat accident lawyer or maritime lawyer on their websites. The lawyer you hire should have a long record of handling boat accident cases.
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