As summer approaches, don’t be surprised to read more about jet ski accidents similar to the one that occurred at Fort De Soto Park on Saturday resulting in injuries.
According to WFLA.com., on Saturday about 5:30 p.m., the Pinellas County Sheriff Office dive team responded to a call about a jet ski accident in the water near the park’s north beach. Reports indicate that two personal water crafts collided near Bunce’s Path resulting in two people on the same water craft being injured. One of the injured was a 16 years old passenger. According to the article, the operator of the jet ski collided with another jet ski causing the injuries. Both persons were taken to the hospital.
This jet ski accident is an examples of the fun – and dangers – associated with jet skis. Below are some tips to help you enjoy a fun sport safely.
- Always wear a PFD (personal flotation device). This includes passengers and skiers!
- Never operate a powered watercraft (PWC) while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Wear proper riding gear (wet suits, goggles/sunglasses, gloves, and footwear/deck shoes).
- Always wear and attach to your wrist a small, mouth-operated whistle.
- Operators and passengers should always keep both feet on footrest floor. Keep your hands, feet, hair, and clothing away from the pump intake.
- Attach the stop lanyard to the PWC lanyard terminal (if applicable), and to your wrist or PFD.
- Pay close attention to your speed around swimming areas, beaches, marinas, docking areas, and waterfront areas. Many of the areas are posted with minimal speed limits and “No Wake” signs. Keep a constant watch for swimmers, other vessels, and objects at all times. Never operate your PWC in or near surf zones.
- Always follow markers and signs, and observe the navigational rules.
If you injure someone because of the negligent operation of your jet ski, the injured parties will have a potential claim against you for injuries. Make sure you check your insurance policies to make sure you are insured if you cause injuries in a jet ski accident.
Jet ski safely, but watch out for those who don’t!
Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes represents those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, jet ski accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury matters. His Clearwater law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.