A person slips off a jet ski.

Jet Skis A Danger This Summer

If you have ever been on a jet ski, then you will know that it is one of the most thrilling warm-weather activities you can relish.  That feeling of water splashing over you as you skim across the waves on a hot summer’s day is a feeling like no other.  While it all seems harmless and fun, there are some extremely dangerous risks involved.

Jet skis are extremely powerful watercrafts and with summer fast approaching you know there will be a parade of watercrafts that you have to share the waterways with.  Just like cars and motorcycles, jet skis need to be driven responsibly which many tend to forget and treat them like toys, and this undoubtedly contributes to the large number of jet ski accidents that happen every year.

Clearly, jet ski safety is not a game. These machines are extremely powerful and unstable and many who are injured or killed are failing to comply to the safety rules.  As a result, other boaters or swimmers often end up being victims of the rider’s recklessness.

As marine Accident specialists we have seen some horrific effects of jet ski accidents, which can range from mild cuts and scrapes to serious, life-altering injuries. Here are some examples of injuries we have seen as a result of jet skiing accidents:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Serious burns
  • Debilitating neck and back injuries
  • Concussions
  • Damaged ear drums
  • Death

So, here are a few tips to limit the risks and maximise the fun of jet skiing.

  • Don’t Consume Alcohol on the Water: 

    Many people think differently about drinking alcohol on the water than on the roads. The same rules apply on the water. Drinking alcohol can be hazardous and increase your risk of an accident on the water, especially for jet ski riders operating at high speeds.

  • Wear a Lifejacket: 

    Always wear a lifejacket when you are out on the water. Oceans, rivers and lakes can be unforgiving places. Even if you are an advanced swimmer you can still drown if you are in the water or rough conditions for long periods of time.

  • Maintain Your Watercraft: 

    If you own a personal watercraft, you should always maintain it for safety reasons and check it before heading out on the water. Failing to check your battery or fuel tank could leave you stranded and pose dangers to yourself and other boaters on the water.

  • Slow Down: 

    Excess speed is one of the major causes of jet ski accidents. Always maintain a safe speed and keep distance between yourself and other boaters and swimmers on the water.

  • Don’t Play Games:

    Many serious jet ski accidents are caused by reckless riders racing and other irresponsible behavior. A jet ski is a very dangerous piece of equipment; always be responsible when riding them.

Just like other vehicle accidents, jet ski accidents can happen at any time even with the most experienced and responsible riders. If you or a loved one have been injured on a jet ski or some other type of watercraft due to the negligence of another party, contact our specialist team today on 3422 3402 to discuss how we can help you recover damages.

Written by
Suzi Bidwell