Jet Ski Accidents

Jet Ski Accidents in Plantation

Plantation Injury Attorney

One of the biggest draws of Florida is the large amount of water and opportunity for entertainment. People will travel here, move here and stay to enjoy the aquatic fun. This fun, however, can come at a price. If you or a loved one were injured while riding a jet ski, then you are already well-aware of the detrimental ramifications that can come from these types of accidents. Due to their speed, size, and general lack of safety devices, these can cause catastrophic injuries. If you are searching for a Plantation personal injury lawyer to represent you during your jet ski accident case, please contact the Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover as soon as possible.

Understanding Common Causes of Jet Ski Accidents

Jet skis, also known as personal watercraft (PWC) or water scooters, are a common source of fun on the water. Jet skis work with a pump jet that drives them forward and must be less than thirteen feet in length per Coast Guard regulations for PWCs. Most often, these will carry two or three people, however, are most safe with only one person on board. The most common brand names include Jet Ski, WaveRunner and Sea-Doo.

While these are enjoyable for all participants, they are not without their dangers. In 1998, that National Transportation Safety Board released a study about the dangers of PWCs. In this, it concluded that the most serious types of accidents involved collisions between vessels (accounting for 46 percent of all accidents), while falling overboard came into second (11%), and a collision between the PWC and an inanimate object being the third most common type of accident (8%).

The most common causes of PWC accident include the following:

  • Inattention;
  • Inexperience;
  • Inappropriate speed;
  • Improper lookout;
  • Water hazard;
  • Alcohol;
  • Equipment/machine;
  • Congested waters; and
  • Weather-related hazard

In many cases, driver error can be attributed to the cause of the accident. Many people do not taking the driving of jet skis seriously, since their small size and maneuverability make them feel more like toys than an actual vehicle. It, however, is required for all operators to take responsibility while driving and to operate the vehicle reasonably and in a prudent manner. Driving too close to other vehicles to splash them, wake jumping, weaving in and out of traffic or corkscrewing the PWC can all be counted as reckless driving.

One thing to keep in mind is that jet skis, like all boats, do not have any form of brake system. The only way to get a vehicle to stop is to stay off the throttle, which will gradually decrease the speed. However, once the driver releases the throttle, they also lose ability to steer fully. Therefore, there is no way to quickly and effectively react to changing conditions. Beyond that, when a driver is inexperienced, they may let off the throttle when making a turn, which cuts all abilities to steer; this can result in the PWC powering forward unhindered.

How a Plantation Personal Injury Lawyer Could Help

If you have been involved in an accident with a jet ski, it is in your best interests to get the involvement of an experienced personal injury lawyer who will be able to step up to help you fight for your best interests. At the Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover, we know the damage that can be sustained in these types of accidents and we are here to do everything that we can to ensure you are properly compensated. Call us today to learn more.