Jet Ski Accident Causes

Jet Skis are a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the summer months. However, in states like Florida, Jet Ski accidents and injuries are on the rise. The recreational aspect of Jet Skiing often lulls people into a sense of recklessness. Operator error and inebriation rank among the top Jet Ski accident causes. Coupled with high speed, these accidents can be severely debilitating or even fatal.

Operator Error

Among the most commonly reported Jet Ski accident causes is operator error. Many of these accidents involve inexperienced drivers. Unlike a car, a Jet Ski must be accelerating in order to make a turn. Many novice drivers do not realize this until it is too late. In some cases, a driver might attempt a risky maneuver such as scaring or splashing another Jet Ski or group of people. Inexperienced drivers may not understand how to quickly react to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.

Intoxication

The recreational nature of Jet Skiing is often accompanied by consumption of alcohol. Whether consumed by the operator, passengers, or bystanders, alcohol always increases the risks of a Jet Ski accident. Many drivers who drink have lowered inhibitions and reaction times. This can cause them to miscalculate a maneuver or lower their ability to avoid a collision.

Flipped Jet Skis

It is often the case, even when alcohol is not involved, that Jet Skis can flip fairly easily. This presents an additional hazard which can cause injuries. A flipped Jet Ski is not only dangerous for the passengers who may become injured by the Jet Ski and possibly risk drowning. Flipped Jet Skis can become an obstruction to other Jet Ski operators, putting themselves as well as the passengers in the water, at risk.

Avoiding Jet Ski Accidents

The best way to avoid Jet Ski accidents and injuries is to remain educated and vigilant in maintaining proper Jet Ski safety standards. Classes and certification programs exist to provide proper training to Jet Ski operators. For the safety of riders and bystanders, avoid using Jet Skis while alcohol is being consumed.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a Jet Ski accident, don’t hesitate to speak with a specialized Jet Ski injury attorney. He or she will be able to provide you with the information regarding the laws that are applicable to your case. They will also be able to discuss any compensation to which you may be entitled.

 

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“Personal Watercraft Safety.” National Transportation Library. National Transportation Safety Board, 19 May 1998. Web. 7 May 2015. <http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-studies/Documents/SS9801.pdf>.

“Florida’s Boating Safety Education Program.” My FWC. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Web. 7 May 2015. <http://myfwc.com/boating/safety-education>.