Jet Ski Safety

Personal watercraft (PWC) accidents have risen over the last few years. Many times, Jet Skis are involved in these accidents as their size and speed can make them difficult to see. For this reason, it is important to observe proper safety rules while operating Jet Skis to avoid injuries and property damage. The avoidance of alcohol, proper mastery of operating technique, and knowledge of what to do if an emergency arises are all a part of Jet Ski safety.

Avoiding Alcohol

Each year, in summer recreation states such as Florida, there are hundreds of accidents involving Jet Skis, even a few fatalities. Many of these accidents can be related to alcohol intoxication. Consumption of alcohol immediately lowers judgment and inhibition. It is best to avoid riding a Jet Ski with an operator who has been consuming alcohol. It is important to also be aware if others in the vicinity are operating Jet Skis under the influence of alcohol. Children and others should be kept away from intoxicated drivers.

Proper Operation

While Jet Skis are a fun recreational activity, they can be unwieldy and difficult to maneuver. A majority of the Jet Ski accidents in the state of Florida are related to driver error. Many times, an operator may engage in risky behavior such as splashing or wake jumping. The risk for accidents and injuries tends to increase significantly when such behavior occurs in crowded areas.

Another consideration regarding operation is that many people find Jet Skis counter-intuitive since they do not turn unless the gas is being throttled. Therefore, many people try to move to avoid a collision after letting off the gas. It is important to be familiar with this aspect of Jet Ski operation to avoid injuries.

Knowing What to Do in a Jet Ski Emergency

In the event that a Jet Ski accident does occur, it is important to know how to respond. In many cases, the most important first step is to make sure that everyone involved is alright and visible. Jet Skis are small and may flip easily. When this occurs, they are difficult to see and passengers may not be hurt from the fall but are still at risk from passing PWCs.

If someone is hurt, it is important to get them out of the water without further injuring them. Depending upon the severity of the accident, professional help may need to be called. Head and spinal injuries can be more common in Jet Ski accidents due to the high speed and lack of protection.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a Jet Ski accident or have suffered injuries, speak with an experienced Jet Ski injury attorney. He or she will help you understand what the law says regarding your case.

 

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“Personal Watercraft Operation and Regulations.” Personal Watercraft. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Web. 7 May 2015.

“Personal Watercraft: Safety and Environmental Impact.” Vermont Legislative Research Shop. University of Vermont, 9 Apr. 1999. Web. 7 May 2015.