May 21

ATTENTION & TRAINING CAN REDUCE JET SKI ACCIDENTS

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PREVENT ACCIDENTS WITH JET SKI SAFETY TIPS

It’s almost summer time! That means more beach time and enjoying activities on the water. This weekend was a reminder of the tragedy that negligence can cause on the water. A 4-year old little girl was seriously injured in Tampa’s water after her uncle pinned her against the jet ski was was riding and the boat she was sitting on.

I’m sure the uncle feels horrible about the situation. There is NO signs on alcohol or drugs, just inexperienced. This tragedy is a reminder of jet ski safety.

The American Red Cross lists several pointers on jet ski safety. They include the following:

  1. Learn to Swim.
  2. Know your local laws and regulations.
  3. Operate your jet ski with courtesy and common sense. Follow the traffic pattern of the waterway. Obey no-wake and speed zones.
  4. Use extreme caution around swimmers, surfers and other boats or jet skis.
  5. Wear a life jacket.
  6. Never operate a jet ski under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

To read more on the Red Cross’ recommendations, click here.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of the negligence of someone operating a jet ski, you should talk to an attorney who understands the law. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the operator’s or owner’s homeowner insurance policies.

To get information about your rights after a jet ski accident, contact my office at 1-800-JUSTICE or send me an email by clicking here.

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