With summer coming to an end, many are sure to take advantage of the warm weather and go boating in the weeks to come. With Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier nearby to many Georgians, boating and riding jet skis are some of the most popular summer past-times. Unfortunately, jet skiing can be extremely dangerous.
Just last year, the stepson of famous musician Usher lost his life in an accident involving a jet ski on Lake Lanier. Approximately 44 citizens were killed in 2011 on personal watercrafts, up from 6 deaths in 2010. These rapidly increasing numbers are daunting. Although riding rules vary depending on the state you are in, many of these incidents could be avoided if jet skiers were better educated. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of jet ski safety tips for Georgians to review.
- Wear a life jacket at all times, whether you’re the driver or passenger on a jet ski.
- Never operate a jet ski while under the influence on alcohol or drugs.
- Be very aware of others on the water. Not only should you watch for boats and other jet skis, but it is easy to miss inner tubes, skiers, and wake-boarders.
- Study and fully comprehend the methods of navigating a jet ski prior to driving one. For instance, these watercrafts are often equipped to reach 60 miles per hour and above. They may be agile and easy to maneuver, but stopping a jet ski is not always simple. It usually takes about 300 to 400 feet for a jet ski to completely stop. This means drivers must accelerate away from hazards instead of letting off the throttle and attempting to stop. Most people find this unnatural and difficult to comprehend without practice.
Injuries as a result of a Georgia jet ski accident can include broken bones, spinal and brain injuries, and much more. Accidents involving these vehicles often cause drowning and wrongful death. If you or someone you know has been injured in a jet ski accident due to another boater’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical and other expenses. For more information, contact Jones & Swanson today for a free consultation.