Safety Tips for Jet Skis
Water sports are especially popular here in the Sunshine State where we enjoy beautiful weather for most of the year. One of the most popular options for both locals and vacationers are jet skis which are much easier to operate than boats and are less expensive to rent. These features make jet skis an attractive choice for those who have less experience with water navigation. However, this ease of accessibility among those with a diverse level of skills can also equate to tragic results.
For example, Local 10 News has reported that a man who had recently gotten married was killed in a Wave Runner crash in the Florida Keys. The 27-year-old Chicago resident was reportedly ejected from the jet ski when the rented 2019 Yamaha Wave Runner struck a power pole support. Sadly, he died from the injuries sustained in the weekday morning accident. His wife, who was also thrown off, was airlifted to Jackson South Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
What Are Safety Tips for Jet Skis?
Accidents on the water can be just as dangerous as accidents that occur on land. A jet ski accident can lead to concussions, spinal cord injuries, fractures, burns, and other serious injuries or even death. For that reason, we would all ideally like to avoid being involved in one in the first place. Some ways to help prevent a jet ski accident include:
- Understand that you should avoid using alcohol. In addition to the fact that accidents on the water can be just as dangerous as accidents that occur on land, they often occur for the same reasons, one of which is alcohol use. One death occurs every 50 minutes in a car accident involving an impaired driver and many jet ski accidents also involve alcohol impairment. Alcohol can delay your reaction time and affect judgment, so it is best to avoid attempting water sports if you have been drinking.
- Understand the nature of jet skis. These devices are designed to be easily used which means they are highly maneuverable. Therefore, accelerating too abruptly or even the slightest turn can cause a rider to lose control when operating a jet ski. Additionally, just like when you are behind the wheel of a car, it’s important to be mindful of traffic around you in the water at all times.
- Understand that every accident is not avoidable. Unfortunately, you can operate a jet ski perfectly safely and still be injured because of the unsafe operation of other people controlling vessels in the vicinity. Further, defects and design flaws can cause a jet ski to malfunction. This is something only those responsible for manufacturing and distributing a product have control over, and nothing you could do could make a jet ski safer in that circumstance.
Don’t Get Lost in the Sea of a Personal Injury Claim Without the Right Legal Team.
If you have been injured in a jet ski accident, you have every right to seek to understand your legal options. As the Tampa personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm, we help you identify what caused your accident, who is responsible, and then help you hold those parties liable for your injuries so that you obtain the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today to begin.
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