The Lack of Protection of Jet Ski Drivers and Passengers

While training in a lake in Muang district in Thailand, Chantouch, the 14-year-old Thai boy who was declared world jet ski championship in 2015 fell into the water. At about that same time, another jet ski was cruising towards the very area where Chantouch fell. Pol, the 9-year-old boy driving the other jet ski, hit the 14-year-old champion on the head, causing a deep cut to the left side of his face. Chantouch received a major head injury and was pronounced dead in the hospital where he was rushed.

Here in the U.S., sometime in August or September of 2012, 16-year old female Kristen suffered fatal brain injuries after another jet ski rammed her. The other vessel was driven by Tyler, a 20-year old Australian male tourist, at the time of the collision. Prior to the accident, Tyler could be seen (in a cellphone footage taken by his girlfriend) standing on his jet ski, oblivious of the other jet ski he was about to ram and of Kristen’s shouts to warn him of what was about to happen.

The incidences above are just two of the thousands of frightening jet ski accidents that happen around the world. Here in the U.S., records from the Coast Guard say that at least four thousand jet ski accidents occur every year. These accidents result to about 600 deaths and more than 2,600 injuries.

Despite its small size, a jet ski has the power of a real boat and can now run up to 70 miles per hour. Designed to run at high speeds with its drivers and passengers not wearing any form of protection, no wonder they are vulnerable to many different kinds of serious and life-threatening injuries.

Rules and requirements for operating a jet ski vary by state. The most basic ones, however, only says that one needs to: prove that he or she is at least 16 years old (some states have 12 for base age limit); hear a safety lesson, which takes only some minutes; and pay $95 per hour rent fee.

The laws governing accidents that take place on water are not totally identical with the laws that govern accidents occurring on roads and highways. Accidents involving jet skis or other types of recreational boats are better handled by legal professionals whose expertise include the maritime law. For more and better information regarding recreational boating accidents and the best legal action for victims to pursue, please click here: __________________________