Never Allow a Neophyte or a Reckless Person Operate a Jet Ski
One very important thing a jet ski owner should remember, including, by the way, someone who has rented a jet ski, is NEVER lend it to a neophyte or first time user (you should not lend it as well to an experienced but one you know to be a reckless operator).
A jet ski may be smaller than a boat and looks so easy to use, but this speedy and erratic vessel can be as powerful and fast as a much larger boat. Due to the still growing market for jet skis, manufacturers saw it fit to also increase its power; thus modern jet ski engines can now reach speeds of over 70 miles per hour with its more than 250 horsepower engine. This new engine makes jet skis faster and, thus, more thrilling . . . and also more deadly.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2007 report, excessive speed accounted for nearly 15 percent of the 1002 PWC-related accidents. For the same year, the U.S. Coast Guard said that the number of registered vessels (motorboats and personal water crafts) totaled to 12,875,568 (from 8,557,857 in 1980). This means more-crowded waterways which, in turn, means increased hazards. And with the speed of modern jet skis having increased, inattentive, inexperienced and reckless operators, as well as all others who try to have fun on the water, have so much more to worry about.
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Florida showed that accidents which involved jet skis produced far worse injuries than other boating accidents. The most common injuries resulting from jet ski accidents include:
- Concussion due to serious blow to the head;
- Broken wrist, which usually occurs after collision with another watercraft or a solid object;
- Spinal cord injuries due to trauma to the back; this happens when an operator is thrown off the vessel due to collision or choppy water;
- Burns, which result from particularly bad crashes; and,
- Fractured ankle.
According to a Charleston boating accident attorney, jet skis present an excellent opportunity for fun on the water; however, serious injury can result when jet skis are operated by someone who fails to exercise good judgment or follow the law. Due to these, it would be advisable that victims of accidents immediately contact a boating accident lawyer who can help assess the situation and the extent of liability of the at-fault operator.